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ASIA START THE ADVENTURE Kyoto, Japan


What's inside... 04 Our story 05 Start the adventure with us 06 Exploring not exploiting 08 Travel essentials 10 Airfares 12 Travel styles 14 Who we work with 16 Get a room 18 Map 20 EPIC SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES 38 Stray Asia 42 Bamba flexible travel passes 46 THAILAND 65 Bangkok 71 Chiang Mai & beyond

73 Koh Samet 74 Koh Samui 78 Koh Phangan 80 Koh Tao 82 Khao Lak & Khao Sok National Park 84 Phuket 89 Koh Phi Phi 90 Krabi 92 Hidden Thai islands & beaches 94 MYANMAR 99 CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS 114 Siem Reap, Phnom Penh & beyond 116 Ho Chi Minh City & beyond 118 Hoi An & Vietnam beaches 120 Hanoi, Halong Bay & beyond 123 MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

126 Singapore 130 Kuala Lumpur 132 Langkawi 133 Penang 134 Malaysian Borneo 136 INDONESIA & BALI 149 Bali - Kuta, Legian & Seminyak 152 Bali - Sanur & Nusa Lembongan 153 Mojo Surf 154 Ubud, Hidden Bali & beyond 156 Lombok, Gilis, Flores & Komodo 158 THE PHILIPPINES 164 Manila & beyond 166 TRANS-MONGOLIA & SILK ROUTE 172 Vodkatrain 174 Overlanding Adventures


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INDOCHINA DISCOVERY

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BAMBA FLEXIBLE TRAVEL PASSES

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THE TUK TUK CLUB

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VOLUNTEER CHINA PANDAS

180 EAST ASIA 184 CHINA, TAIWAN & HONG KONG 186 The Dragon Trip 197 Beijing & beyond 198 Hong Kong 202 SOUTH KOREA 204 JAPAN 211 Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto & beyond 215 Japan Rail passes 216 INDIA 228 India by rail 231 SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES 242 NEPAL 248 TERMS & CONDITIONS 250 TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Our Our story started way back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea: to create affordable adventures for awesome humans. Today, we are the world's largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over 2 million travellers a year to discover the countries, communities and cultures that we love. The world and the tools we have to explore it may have changed over the years, but our philosophy never has. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure. And now, it’s your turn. Peace, love and adventure, STA Travel.

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THE ADVENTURE

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THE ADVENTURE WITH US

The world according to STA Travel, here's why you should grab life by the backpack and book with us. Here's how we see it. If you're going to book a trip, you should book it with travellers. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack a 60-litre backpack in a minute flat.

Lots of travel companies make grand promises about their prices. Here's ours. If we can't beat a scheduled airfare, tour or hotel price, then we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.*

We don't endorse credit card debt, organ harvesting or blackmail as legitimate ways to fund your trip. So if you see a flight you like, secure it there and then with a $99 deposit and pay the rest later.**

From gap years to grey years, and every Round the World route, adventure tour, language school and working holiday visa in between, we've been mastering the art of escape for almost 40 years.

Our STA Travel Cares team are online and on the phone 24/7/365 with travel advice, crisis management and to help resolve your issues quickly – so you can get on with the fun stuff.

The world's largest airline network for students and under 31, our exclusive BlueTickets have been flying the young and studious around the planet on the lowest and most flexible fares for over 35 years.

Travel is about freedom and discovery, not about setting limits. Yes, we do offer student discounts on many of our products, but for us, adventure is a mindset, not a number or a status.

We know how important it is to feel safe on your trip. We're constantly on the road assessing our operations, withdrawing any products or properties that compromise our travellers' safety.

*For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm **Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit scheme. Please ask your Travel Expert

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Exploring

NOT EXPLOITING

For us, travelling isn't about bucket lists or bragging rights, it's about discovering how we can be more responsible as travellers. Here's how we're making a STAnd.

FIGHTING

Animal Cruelty WHAT WE ARE DOING

We were one of the first travel companies to make a stand on animal welfare. Our industry-leading animal welfare policy safeguards the wellbeing and protection of animals across all our operations. So far, we have withdrawn almost 4,000 of our suppliers' tours and activities, including Pamplona's Running of the Bulls, Tiger Temple in Thailand and an outright ban on elephant and ostrich riding. WHAT YOU CAN DO

We urge our travellers to help us change attitudes within the tourism industry, and to say no to any activities at home or abroad that would hurt or humiliate animals. Our full animal welfare policy is available to view online.

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RESPONSIBLE

Voluntourism

STA TRAVEL'S STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

It's a sad fact that often well-intentioned volunteer projects can be mismanaged, exploiting communities rather than helping them. From turtle conservation in Costa Rica to building homes in Nepal, we support 50 projects in over 30 countries. Our Volunteering Codes of Conduct ensure that we only work with projects that can prove to have a lasting and positive impact, meeting the local needs of communities through sustainability rather than dependency, as well as meeting the desires of travellers to make a genuine contribution. For more information about the projects we work with, pick up a Volunteer, Work & Learn brochure instore. Our full Statement of Commitment and Code of Conduct can be viewed online.


Supporting young people LIVING WITH CANCER

THANKS A MILLION

In Australia, three young people are diagnosed with cancer each day. In 2015, we joined forces with teen cancer charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand on a global campaign to help raise awareness and vital funds. Today, we work with nine charities around the world, all with one mission in mind: to make sure that no young person should face cancer alone.

Gre en wa rrio r vibe s!

Our goal is to raise USD $1 million. By adding just $2 to your booking, CanTeen can continue to provide crucial support services, specialist facilities and outreach programmes to thousands of young Australians. To find out more about our fundraising or to donate, please visit us online or ask instore.

For tips on how to travel more responsibly, green places to stay and green gear to pack, please visit the STA Travel Blog.

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Travel Essentials

How to survive and save on your trip.

VACCINATIONS What's up, doc? Hopefully nothing, but please visit your GP at least ten weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and anti-malarials you might need.  ISA REQUIREMENTS V Remember to check the entry requirements for everywhere you are travelling to well in advance, and if you do require a visa, our service is safe, speedy and free of boring embassy queues. P ASSPORT REQUIREMENTS Don't forget to check the validity of your passport and that you have enough blank pages. Remember, some countries may require you to have at least six months remaining on your passport. T RAVEL INSURANCE No one likes a travel bore, but this could be one of the most important trip purchases you make. With two levels of cover, 24/7 medical help, cancellation cover from the day you book, and over 50 sports and activities included, our exclusive range of policies and add-ons can be tailored to any budget and adventure. See page 250 for more information. L OYALTY DISCOUNTS AND MATES RATES If you’re travelling with friends or have travelled before, you could save with mates rates, multi-trip offers and loyalty discounts, such as 10% off repeat G Adventures trips – exclusive to us. A IRPORT HOTELS AND LOUNGES Let’s face it, airports can be terminal-ly boring. Get your trip off to a flying and stress-free start by saving up to 50% when you prebook airport hotels and lounge access.

 OAMING RATES R Save up to 70% on international roaming rates in 190 countries, free incoming calls in 80 countries and data from 8c/mb. When in roam... Pick up one of our SIM cards before you go.  TA TRAVEL ACCOUNT S Give a tree a hug and make paperwork panic a thing of the past. Store, amend and share your bookings, check for flight updates, and access travel help. Register on the app or visit my.statravel.com  TA TRAVEL APP S Tap into your adventures, anytime and anywhere. Book beds, flights and activities on the road, access your STA Travel Account, and search for the coolest stuff to do every time you travel.

ISIC / IYTC / ITIC DISCOUNT CARDS Student, teacher or under 31? Access exclusive airfares with us, plus thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts for foodies, gym bods and even plant lovers! For students, the ISIC card is the ONLY international student ID and comes loaded with 150,000+ discounts in 130+ countries.

ON THE ROAD Run by backpackers for backpackers, visit our Backpacker by STA Travel stores on your trip in Australia, Thailand and South Africa for a homesick hug, free Wi-FI and the best deals on local hostels, trips, flights and transport.

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STA Travel Money Cards You know it makes cents... Worried about how to carry your cash abroad? Our award-winning travel money cards are safe to use, save on fees, and are seriously on the money.

Award winning*

LOAD Lock and load! Load money onto your card or store it in your Cloud wallet until you’re ready to spend. SPEND Use your chip and pin card at ATMs, shops and wherever you see the Visa acceptance mark. SAVE Free transactions, competitive exchange rates and 5% cashback on eligible STA purchases after your departure. Plus, thousands of travel and lifestyle discounts on our ISIC Travel Money Cards.**

SAFE • Extra security as funds aren't linked to a bank account • 24/7 call centre • Free second card included*** • Emergency replacement card posted to you as you travel • Emergency funds can be loaded onto your card by family members SIMPLE Easy to use and control your spending, manage your funds online or by text.

*STA Travel ISIC Cashcard: Winner of ‘Best New Prepaid Product of The Year’ at The Card & Payment Awards 2014 and Winner of 'Best support service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016, as awarded by BETA **STA Travel ISIC Visa Cashcard only. Terms and conditions apply ***Not available on all cards The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is managed by Tuxedo Money Solutions PTY Ltd ABN 21 166 665 050 who are an authorised representative of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited (ABN 11 068 049 178 AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237879). The STA Travel CashFLEX Visa Card is a prepaid card issued by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank pursuant to a license from Visa Worldwide PTE Limited. STA Travel Pty Ltd ABN 34 004 801 512 is the distributor of the card. Card fees and top-up charges apply, terms and conditions are located at http://www.statravel.com.au/cash-card.htm

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Airfares Over the last 40 years, we've worked with the world's leading airlines to bring you exclusively low and flexible fares. From one-way flights to 18-stop Round the World routes, we guarantee to have just the ticket.

THE ORIGINAL ROUND THE WORLD EXPERTS

First rule of flight club... our club is a little different. Because we're not tied to the same rules and routes as other travel companies, our Travel Experts can help you to create completely unique multi-stop and Round the World itineraries from our exclusive open-to-all and student fares. OPEN-TO-ALL AND STUDENT FARES

Our BlueTickets are just for students and under 31*, however, we appreciate that this does seem a little unfair to tax payers/the over 30s! That's why we have an open-to-all version of many of our BlueTickets, all offering the same unique flexibility. We just didn't call them GreyTickets that's all, out of respect. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE

This is how confident we are about our airfares. If you do happen to find a cheaper

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price for the same economy class scheduled airfare, and we can't beat it, we'll give you $1,000 travel credit towards your trip.** BOOK NOW PAY LATER

Travel truth. Most airlines release their seats 10-11 months in advance, with the lowest-priced tickets selling out first. Therefore, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. Our deposit scheme allows you to lock in the price from as little as $99, then pay the balance 10 weeks before you fly.*** PREMIUM, BUSINESS AND FIRST

If you're unfamiliar with this part of the plane, it's the bit behind the curtain where the flat beds and magical unicorns live. We love the whole backpacker vibe, but we also love splashing out once in a while on our upgraded airfares.

FLEXIBLE DATE CHANGES

Let's face it, the only person that ever stuck to their Round the World flight dates was Santa. (24th Dec, lock it in Mr Claus). Our MultiFLEX date change passes give you the freedom and flexibility to change your flights without having to pay the airline or admin fees each time your plans change. If there's a difference in fare because your priced seat is unavailable, then we'll always offer you an alternative date, or you can choose to pay the difference in airfare. Either way, it can still save you hundreds in fees, especially on bigger trips. One change for $49, three for $99 and unlimited for $149.**** *Some airlines may require you to be under 26 years old **For full terms and conditions on our Price Beat Guarantee, please visit statravel.com.au/price-beat.htm ***Not all tickets are available for our $99 deposit option. Please ask your Travel Expert ****Not all tickets are eligible for a MultiFLEX pass. Please ask your Travel Expert


EXCLUSIVE STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES*

STUDENT AND UNDER 31 FARES

Snuggle down, it's retro storybook hour. Back in 1979, STA Travel's flare-wearing forefathers created the first ever tickets for students and young people. They were cheaper, more flexible and flew in the face of everything we'd known about airfares - offering unlimited stopovers, rebellious Round the World routings and bargain date changes. They were printed on blue paper, so now, we simply call them blue tickets. (Slow marketing day). Today we have the world's largest airline network for students and under 31, with over 60 of the world's leading carriers on board. You can create any route, book now pay later, and add unlimited date changes to every BlueTicket. And they're still only available at STA Travel.

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Travel Styles Every traveller is different. That's why when it comes to getting around, we've thought of every type of transport and trip style. That's just how we ride.

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS PASSES

GROUP TOURS

Best for local culture and maximising your time. First of all, there are some parts of the planet that you just can't do solo. Like Antarctica. Or wouldn't want to. Like Madagascar. Who would sing the 'I like to move it, move it' song with you? Exactly. On the group tours we sell, there's no being herded around in huge groups by flag-wielding tour leaders. Led by local guides, not guidebooks, it’s all about getting away from the crowd, not following it. Expect people just like you, authentic experiences such as homestays, and lots of free time to do your thing. Group sizes and inclusions vary per supplier, but with transport and accommodation included, it's a great way to budget and make sure you get around everything in your timeframe. Meet some of our tour suppliers on page 14.

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SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Best for flexibility and semi-independent travellers.

Best for seeing everything in your time frame.

Travel with the security of knowing that your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pace. Transport varies per country between backpacker and public buses, and passes are usually valid for a year.

Want to road trip but worried about where you'll stay, or how long it will take? On our self-drive tours, we provide the route, maps and prebook each night's accommodation. All you have to do is choose the car hire.

RAIL PASSES

CAR HIRE

Best for green warriors and epic scenery.

Best for classic road trips and groups of friends.

One of the most environmentally-conscious ways to travel, not only will you get a window onto the world rather than just dash from A to B, but rail passes also offer huge savings over buying individual train tickets.

If you're two or more, or just can't make public transport work, car hire will give you both freedom and can save you money. Remember, for non-residents, you may have to be over 21 and have been driving for two years.

CAMPERVAN HIRE

Best for budgeting and the ultimate freedom. If you're a small group of friends or a couple, 2, 4 or 6-berth campervans can be one of the most economical ways to travel. You'll save on accommodation and eating out, plus you'll be the coolest crew on the road.

WE

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LOOK OUT FOR... The tours that make us go ooohhh. If we love it, we put a flag on it.


INDI INDI //INDEPENDENT

F LY / / T O U R / / S TAY / / C A M P E R / / PAC K AG E / /

Best for our most flexible and fancy-free adventures yet!

TA I L O R M A D E Y O U R WAY / /

Best for tailor making your trip, your way.

FLEXIBLE FLIGHTS, TOURS, BEDS AND TRAVEL PASSES.

WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS, SO WHY WOULD

YOUR ADVENTURES, YOUR RULES.

WE TRAVEL THE SAME?

Here at Adventure HQ, we don't penalise our travellers for changing their minds, we embrace it. Flexible payments before you fly + flexible dates on the road = never missing out because you couldn’t commit to dates or your plans changed. Or got waylaid by a dive instructor called Jez.

YOU MAKE THE RULES

Pick any dates, destination and budget, and our Travel Experts will create a bespoke and INDIvidually tailor made itinerary for you. From public buses to private drivers, and tea huts to luxury overwater bungalows, you're in charge.

I'M FLEXI AND I KNOW IT! CHECK IT OUT...

FLEXIfly Book now pay later // Add unlimited date changes with MultiFLEX // Get even more flying flexibility with BlueTicket if you're a student or under 31. FLEXIstay Book now pay later // Pay for a number of nights upfront with our accommodation passes // Choose where and when you want to stay on the road.

FLEXItour Book now pay later on selected tours and passes // Open-dated tours, day trips, hop-on hop-off bus and rail passes // Confirm your dates on the road. FLEXIpackage Book now pay later // Choose from any of our FLEXI flights and products // Watch us put them together to create a fully flexible and free-loving adventure.

ORIGINAL ITINERARIES

Whether you're travelling solo, in a couple or with friends, you’ll have the freedom to create your own trip, but with the security of pre-arranged transport, accommodation and the support of our local ground handlers. MAKE IT PERSONAL

From high-altitude treks to downward dog yoga retreats, make each itinerary personal with our INDI Hits - our favourite local experiences, treks and Nama-Stay wellness retreats. Whether you’re planning a three-week itinerary or just a private driver to get you around a tricky leg of your trip, with INDI, any adventure is possible. Pick up an INDI brochure instore for inspiration and sample routes.

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Who We WORK WITH

We only work with people who can give you a genuinely authentic experience. Let's meet them!

redefining small group travel for over 25 years. G Adventures’ award-winning trips are all about getting you face to face with people, cultures and wildlife across the world. Travel in small groups and stay in some truly unique places along the way.

WHY WE LOVE THEM

SERVICE LEVELS

LOCAL LEADERS Trips are led by certified local guides, or Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). Hello, insider tips!

CAMPING Great value. Camping most nights and even the odd hotel stay. Affordable public and private transport.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS Get paired up with a same-sex roommate instead. Lone wolves can opt for the My Own Room option at extra cost.

BASIC Simple digs, great optional activities. Affordable public and private transport.

LIFETIME DEPOSITS Cancelling or postponing? Put it towards another trip in the future - your deposit is protected for life. 100% GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Once you’ve paid, you’re going!

STANDARD Mid-range accommodation, top highlights included. Mix of public and private transport. UPGRADED Living it up! Upgraded everything with more meals, activities and transfers than any other G Adventures tour.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVES

10% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Get a tasty 10% discount on your next G Adventures trip when you book with us. FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD Student, teacher or under 31? Grab a free discount card or ISIC/IYTC Visa© Cashcard when you book a tour with this logo.

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TRIP STYLES

18-TO-THIRTYSOMETHINGS Light on frills, heavy on experience. Exclusive to 18-39s. CLASSIC Huge variety, wiggle room included for free spirits. ACTIVE Multi-sport tours with equipment and experts on-hand. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS More inclusions, deeper exploration and exclusive access. MARINE Experience the Caribbean, the Galápagos, the Amazon & Antarctica. RAIL Bringing sexy rail travel back. Awesome views included. LOCAL LIVING Immersive community stays.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

G FOR GOOD Tours that include visits to G for Good projects, funded by the not-for-profit Planeterra Foundation to encourage social enterprise. THE JANE GOODALL COLLECTION Wildlifefocused tours endorsed by primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. THAILAND GREEN EXCELLENCE AWARD Winners for their sustainability efforts in Thailand's hilltribe communities.


Connecting young travellers to the time of their lives since 1962. Social travel experiences for 18-35s. WHY WE LOVE THEM

REAL EXPERIENCES The icons you can’t miss, the unique experiences you can only get with Contiki and the unexpected gems that will surprise you. They include more - all delivered by a legendary team. EAT LOCAL Immersive dining experiences (like sharing a home-cooked meal in a local’s home), locally sourced meals in Contiki properties, and local restaurants wherever you go. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION that’s more than just a place to sleep. From centrally located launchpads, to cool next generation hostels, to Contiki-owned properties (A French chateau? An Austrian Gasthof? Yep they own them). EXCLUSIVELY FOR 18-35s The ultimate experience for young travellers from all over the world. A PROUD MEMBER OF TTC a passionately run family owned business committed to service. When you travel with Contiki, you’re treated like family.

FLEX DEPOSIT Need to cancel or postpone? Your deposit can be put towards any Contiki trip you take in the future. Once you turn 35, it'll be transferred to their sister brands - so you'll never lose it! RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

CONTIKI CARES Sustainable tourism matters - Contiki Cares is a commitment to preserving the planet and giving back to the communities Contiki visits.

STA TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Done Contiki before? Book again and save 5% off your next trip.

WHY WE LOVE OVERLAND TOURS

epic truckin’ adventures Dragoman have been helping adventurous travellers cross continents in their orange trucks since 1981. Their vehicles are built to withstand the world’s roughest terrain, meaning they can carry you and your luggage to the planet’s most remote spots. *Terms and conditions apply.

Overland tours can cover some pretty long distances, and Dragoman knows it’s as much about the journey as it is the destination. Get your travel playlist in order, bring your travel scrabble and bring some sturdy walking shoes – you’re an adventurer now. PRICES AND KITTIES

In addition to the cost of your trip, you'll need to pay a Local Payment as well, usually in USD. This ‘kitty’ is a group fund and covers accommodation, camping meals and included activities for flexibility and best value on the road. You can see what's being paid for plus you get everything at cost price! REPEAT DISCOUNT

5% REPEAT DISCOUNT* Book another Dragoman trip with us and get 5% off!

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Room GET A

Bye bye bedlam, hello making choosing and booking beds easy.

MORE CHOICE

From hammocks and hostels, to floatels (floating hotels, it's a thing we swear) and five-star honeymoon suites, we've travelled the world to secure you the best deals on accommodation. This brochure is just the start, with thousands more options available online, instore and on the STA Travel App. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

We've teamed up with TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, to add their customer reviews to our website and app. So whether you're at home or booking on the road, see exactly what other travellers have to say before you stay.

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HEALTH & SAFETY

Swan towel origami is all very impressive, but not as impressive as a clean health and safety record. We vet properties using our own guidelines, working continually with suppliers to ensure that where you are staying is hygienic and safe.

A NOTE ON ACCOMMODATION PRICING Prices shown in this brochure are 'per person, per night' for the meal plan shown, and are based on the cheapest season for travel to each destination. Unless otherwise stated, accommodation prices exclude any locally-payable supplements such as city taxes, visitor or 'tourist' taxes, and hotel resort fees. Airport transfers, where these are a compulsory requirement in order to reach your hotel, are also excluded and will need to be arranged separately at the time of booking. The end.


Shoestring

MAD MONKEY HOSTEL - CHIANG MAI, page 71

Glampacker

M SOCIAL - SINGAPORE, page 128

Rock Solid

BANGKOK CHA-DA HOTEL - BANGKOK, page 67

Class Act

BALI MANDIRA BEACH RESORT & SPA - BALI, page 151

OUR OWN RATINGS

LA SIESTA - HOI AN, page 118

A-List

One country's high-end can be another country's mid-range. That's why we rate properties using our own categories, so that you can see exactly who you're getting into bed with. Shoestring

No frills, but no nasty surprises either

Glampacker Stylish, minus the matching price tag Rock Solid Good value, good rooms, good times

LIT BANGKOK HOTEL & RESIDENCE - BANGKOK, page 68

Class Act Comfort dressed up in fancy shoes A-List Hello, room service? It's me Apartments

Look out for our favourite digs, bonus room upgrades, early bird and long stay specials.

Think 'Friends', only with your own mates

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Asia

RUSSIA RUSSIA

ULAANBAATAR ULAANBAATAR MONGOLIA MONGOLIA

1 UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN

KYRGYZSTAN KYRGYZSTAN

BEIJING BEIJING SEOUL SEOUL

TAJIKISTAN TAJIKISTAN SOUTH SOUTH KOREA KOREA

XI’AN XI’AN

CHINA CHINA

SHANGHAI SHANGHAI

6 CHENGDU CHENGDU NEPAL NEPAL

NEWNEW DELHI DELHI

KATHMANDU KATHMANDU

KUNMING KUNMING

TAIPEI TAIPEI GUANGZHOU GUANGZHOU

INDIAINDIA

MANDALAY MANDALAY KOLKATA KOLKATA

BAGAN BAGAN MYANMAR MYANMAR

MUMBAI MUMBAI

HONG HONG KONG KONG

HANOI HANOI

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LAOSLAOS

CHIANG CHIANG MAI MAI VIENTIANE VIENTIANE YANGON YANGON

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THAILAND THAILAND

HOI HOI AN AN

BANGKOK BANGKOK GOAGOA

MANILA MANILA

VIETNAM VIETNAM

PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINES

CAMBODIA CAMBODIA

BORACAY BORACAY HO CHI HO CHI PHNOM PHNOM PENH PENHMINH MINH CITYCITY

SRI SRI LANKA LANKA

COLOMBO COLOMBO

KOTA KOTA KINABALU KINABALU

LANGKAWI LANGKAWI MALAYSIA MALAYSIA

MALDIVES MALDIVES

PALAWAN PALAWAN

KOHKOH SAMUI SAMUI PHANG-NGA PHANG-NGA PHUKET PHUKET KOHKOH PHI PHI PHI

MALAYSIAN MALAYSIAN BORNEO BORNEO

KUALA KUALA LUMPUR LUMPUR KUCHING KUCHING SINGAPORE SINGAPORE SUMATRA SUMATRA

INDONESIAN INDONESIAN BORNEO BORNEO

INDONESIA INDONESIA

3 JAKARTA JAKARTA LOMBOK BALIBALI LOMBOK

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6 DISCOUNTED RATES: VOLUNTEER CHINA PANDAS


Southeast Asian Adventures EPIC

Despite being one of the most traveller-trodden regions on the planet, Southeast Asia has kept up the charm and continues to deliver on all sides. Noodle up.


VIETNAM, LAOS & THAILAND ON A SHOESTRING 22 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

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Bangkok Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot EPIC SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVVL

inclusions Accommodation: Simple hotels twinshare or multi-share hostel (16 nts) sleeper trains (4 nts), local homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, train, tuk tuk, boat, junk boat, plane Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included

Departures 2019 highlights

• Explore the caves on a Halong Bay cruise • Discover Nha Trang's underwater world • Free time in Ho Chi Minh City

Jan-Aug

Typically 4-5 departures per week

Sep-Oct

Typically 3-4 departures per week

Nov-Dec

Typically 4-5 departures per week

• Adrenalin activities in Vang Vieng • Two-day longboat cruise on the Mekong • G for Good collection

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Day 1-6 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang / Hoi An Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City and set out to explore your surroundings, starting with the city's central market. On Day 2, take an overnight train to the beach resort of Nha Trang, where you can spend your days shopping in local markets or snorkelling in the bay. Board an overnight train to Hoi An on Day 4. Over two days, enjoy a noodlemaking demonstration at G for Good's Oodles of Noodles project (see page 24 for more info) and savour local flavours on a street food crawl. Use your free time to explore the Old Town or take a cooking class. (3B, L)

Day 7-9 Hue / Hanoi / Halong Bay Continue north to the beautiful town of Hue. While you're here, opt to visit the tombs of the Royal Citadel or take a Perfume River cruise before hopping on an overnight train to Hanoi on Day 8. On Day 9, float through Halong Bay in a wooden junk boat, visit a cave and tuck into a seafood lunch. (2B, L)

Day 10-12 Hanoi / Vientiane Wander the guild streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter then, in your free time, opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, head into serenity with an Hoan Kiem lake walk or stay put and go shopping. On Day 12, fly to Vientiane, Laos' quiet and relaxed capital. Opt to visit temples, the National Museum or That Luang, the country's national symbol. (2B)

Day 13-16 Vang Vieng / Luang Prabang Admire Vang Vieng's fantastic limestone rock scenery while taking part in activities like hiking, biking or caving. On Day 15, travel to the multicultural Luang Prabang, dotted with ornate temples and French colonial architecture. Opt to take a cooking class or hit the Kuang Si Waterfalls. (4B)

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Day 17-18 Mekong River Board a boat and prepare for a breathtaking journey as you cruise up the Mekong River, set in the fantastic greenery of the so-called rice bowl of Vietnam. After a traditional overnight homestay in a local village, continue up the Mekong and cross into Thailand and Chiang Kong. (2B, L, D) V I E T N A M

Day 19-22 Chiang Mai / Bangkok With two days to explore the northern city of Chiang Mai, make the most of it by signing up to optional visits to Doi Suthep temple, the night markets or even a Thai boxing match (solely as a spectator, naturally). On Day 20, an overnight train journey takes you to the neon-hued streets of Bangkok. Characterised by chaotic lanes, revered temples and colourful markets, Bangkok is a real jolt to the senses. Enjoy one final night with your group over some beers before the tour comes to an end on Day 22. (2B)

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Free time to experience Bangkok Overnight with a local family in Siem Reap Guided tour of Angkor Wat Get a taste for traditional Khmer cuisine Cruise Halong Bay in a junk boat Discover Hanoi's Old Quarter

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Learn how to make noodles from scratch Discover ancient tombs at Hue Witness the giving of alms in Laos Numerous street food crawls Sample Chiang Mai's markets G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat First time in Bangkok? Make the most of your free time on Day 1 to adjust to its frenetic pace and humidity. The next day, cross the border into Cambodia and head for Siem Reap, best known as the home of Angkor Wat - the stately former capital of the Khmer Empire. But before delving into the overgrowth, enjoy an included dinner at G for Good's New Hope project or with a local family. On Day 3, it's time for the trip's first hit: a guided tour of Angkor Wat. Make sure you check out Ta Prohm, the temple featured in Angelina Jolie's 'Tomb Raider'. (2B, D)

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Day 4-7 Phnom Penh / Sihanoukville Day 4, explore the colourful cafés, shady streets and thriving markets of the riverside capital of Phnom Penh. Over the next two days, opt to visit the site of Choeung Ek (also known as the Killing Fields), the Central Market, Cambodia's National Museum or the Royal Palace. On Day 6, transfer to the beaches of Sihanoukville on Cambodia's southern coast. Relax, go snorkelling or get a boat out to an uninhabited island for some fresh seafood. (3B)

Day 8-10 Can Tho / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City Cross into Vietnam, and head to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. Opt for a boat trip through the region's convoluted waterways and overnight in a local village homestay. On Day 9, it's on to the maze of Ho Chi Minh City's central market. Soak up the tang of lemongrass and chilli on a street food crawl with your group - bring an appetite! - and opt to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels or the War Remnants Museum. Day 10, take the overnight train to Nha Trang. (2B, D)

Day 11-12 Nha Trang With two full days to soak up the Nha Trang life, your options include taking a boat trip to a nearby island, hiring a motorbike to tour the area, caking yourself in mud at a natural mud bath or spending all your time on the beach! No judgements here. Take the overnight train towards Hoi An on Day 12. (B)

Day 13-14 Da Nang / Hoi An Disembark in Da Nang and get acquainted with the town on an orientation walk before continuing on to Hoi An (around 30km south) for an evening food crawl. The next day, enjoy a noodle-making demonstration (and eating session) at the Oodles of Noodles Restaurant, part of the STREETS programme that helps at-risk youth break into the hospitality industry, then enjoy a free afternoon in the laid-back Old Town. Hoi An is also a shopping Mecca for tourists. Tailors can produce virtually anything overnight so get yourself kitted out with a new wardrobe. Otherwise, go cycling or take an optional cooking class. For sun-worshippers, Cua Dai Beach is just 4km from town. (B, L)

Day 15-17 Hue / Hanoi / Halong Bay Explore riverside garden tombs, built for Vietnam's last emperors, or take a motorbike trip out into the beautiful countryside. Board the overnight train to Hanoi late on Day 16 and arrive at the capital of Vietnam early the next morning for a drive out to world-famous Halong Bay. Climb aboard a sailing junk boat and cruise past the thousands of limestone islands and karsts that rise up from the water, and head back to the mainland for the evening. (2B, L)

Day 18-19 Hanoi Explore Hanoi's ancient Old Quarter and opt to join Buddhist monks for prayers in a serene lakeside pagoda. In your free time, there are plenty of opportunities to fill your sightseeing quota. Consider a visit to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Hoa Lo Prison or the Temple of Literature. (B)

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Time for a two-day river cruise, a real live-like-a-local experience! Head up the Mekong River through jungle-covered hills to Pakbeng for an authentic overnight stay in a local village, and a tasty home-cooked meal thrown in for good measure. Bring some woollies if you're travelling between November and February - it can get quite chilly. Day 26, return to the boat and make for the Laos/Thai border and cross into Chiang Khong in late afternoon. (2B, L, D)

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Nestled in the hills of northern Laos on the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, Luang Prabang is peppered with ornate temples and French colonial architecture. After finding your feet on an orientation walk, witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks, visit the night markets and head out to sample the traditional Laotian culture. Time to spare? Spend an afternoon temple-hopping or cooling off in the Kuang Si Waterfalls. (2B)

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A short flight takes you to the capital of Laos. Discover Vientiane's hotspots on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic (but by no means less adventurous), by tuk tuk. Visit the country's most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or go in search of handicrafts at the city's vibrant markets. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong at one of the riverside restaurants. Discover the rice fields and caves of quiet Vang Vieng on Day 21, set along the banks of the Nam Song River, and enjoy the following day at leisure. (3B)

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Day 20-22 Vientiane / Vang Vieng

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (23 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestays (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, train, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane Meals: 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320-420 for meals not included

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Day 27-28 Chiang Mai On Day 27, a drive through the hills of Northern Thailand takes you to Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally significant city in the north. Explore the city and visit the temple of Doi Suthep, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the Night Market. Spend Day 28 exploring Chiang Mai before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok in the evening (weather dependent). (B)

Day 29-30 Bangkok Arrive back into Bangkok early in the morning and set out exploring the city's varied sights. Check out the Grand Palace, Wat Po, the National Museum and Jim Thompson's House - just for a few suggestions! A trip along the Chao Phraya River and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city. Get out and about, throw yourself into the city's colourful nightlife and enjoy a few goodbye drinks with your new friends. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 30, when you're free to depart at any time. (B) V I E T N A M

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Discover Bangkok's famous waterways Guided tour of Wat Po temple complex Take a dip in the Kuang Si waterfall Watch a water puppet show in Hanoi Eat fresh seafood on a Halong Bay cruise Tour the streets of Phnom Penh by cyclo

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Slow boat down the Mekong River Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat Pay a sombre visit to Choeung Ek Savour local flavours in food markets Stay with a Laotian family in Vang Vieng G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok and go explore! The frenetic pace of the city can take a little adjusting to, but go with the flow and you'll quickly find the spell of the Thai capital taking hold. This evening you'll meet your fellow travellers. Day 2, jump on a longtail boat to discover the city's famous klongs (canals) and stop off at Wat Po for an introduction to Buddhist culture. Opt to explore the Grand Palace and National Museum, then take the overnight train to Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 3-4 Chiang Mai / Chiang Khong Arrive into temple-rich Chiang Mai, and check out the famous complex of Doi Suthep on the hillside outside the city. In your free time, take a bamboo raft down the stream, hone your culinary skills in a cooking class, or hunt for a bargain at the Night Bazaar. Day 4, travel to your guesthouse in Chiang Khong and opt to visit Wat Rong Khun (also known as the white temple). Spend your evening in the food market and enjoy the view over the Mekong River. (B)

Kuang Si waterfalls, Luang Prabang

Day 5-8 Mekong River / Luang Prabang Cross the border into Laos and start your cruise down the Mekong by traditional boat. If you're travelling Nov-Feb, layer up as the nights can get cold. The next few days will be spent in Luang Prabang. Visit the Pak Ou Caves - a dramatic site housing thousands of Buddha statues - and make the trip to the Kuang Si waterfalls. Wander the city's temples, visit the Ethnology Museum and work up an appetite for a traditional meal with a local family. (3B, D)

Day 9-11 Vang Vieng / Vientiane A scenic drive takes you to the town of Vang Vieng, nestled along the Nam Song River and surrounded by limestone karsts. Explore the countryside by bike and kayak, head deep into the caves, then enjoy a traditional homestay in a local village. Day 11, arrive into one of Asia's sleepiest capitals which features Wat Sisaket (one of the city's oldest temples), and sacred That Luang, Laos' national symbol. (3B, D)

Day 12-13 Hanoi Fly to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Take a walk through the Old Quarter and follow your nose to a traditional Vietnamese meal. On Day 13, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and stilt house, then opt to explore Hoa La Prison, the Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology. Late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance at the famous Water Puppet Theatre, a timeless tradition representative of the culture of rural Vietnam. (2B)

Day 14-16 Halong Bay / Hue Next up is Halong Bay, every bit as beautiful as you think it is! From the comfort of your sailing junk boat, sail among the limestone karsts and head to explore the islands' numerous caves. Have a splash about then dine on fresh seafood for both lunch and dinner beneath a star-speckled sky. On the evening of Day 15, take the overnight train to Hue. Day 16, visit Tien Mu Pagoda, the Imperial Citadel and the tomb of one of the Nguyen Emperors, then choose to go on a motorbike tour. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 17-19 Hoi An Cross over the scenic Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) on your way to Hoi An, where you'll stay for two nights. Stop on the way at the G for Good Oodles of Noodles project. Tailors in Hoi An can produce virtually anything overnight, so it's a great opportunity to refresh your wardrobe! For sun-worshippers, the sandy shores of Cui Dai beach are only four kilometres from town. (3B, L)

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Starting and ending in Bangkok, this full-on tour of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will lead you down a path of tasty flavours, hectic markets and peaceful temples. And there's plenty of culture to go about as well. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATIE

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After a bus trip through the Cambodian countryside, arrive in Siem Reap, the base for your exploration of Angkor Wat. This is the world's largest religious building, twice the size of Manhattan and actually not widely-known in the West until fairly recent times. Enjoy a guided tour of the former capital of the Khmer Empire (which so happens to be one of the wonders of the archaeological world) and be prepared to get your breath taken away. Sit back and watch the sun rise over the ancient capital, and channel your inner Lara Croft at the famous 'Tomb Raider' temple. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the New Hope project or in a local home, and opt to visit the floating fishing villages on the shore of the Instagrammable Tonle Sap Lake. (3B, D)

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Continue to Phnom Penh, where your time in Cambodia begins with a cyclo ride around the riverside capital. Day 24 gives you the opportunity to learn about the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek - the site of the infamous Killing Fields - and Tuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail where thousands of Cambodians perished under the regime of Pol Pot. (2B)

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Travel out of town to the start of the Mekong Delta, where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through numerous waterways. Board a boat and navigate the Delta's villages, islands and markets, take a cyclo tour and visit a traditional candy factory. (B)

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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, a sprawling metropolis and South Vietnam's once-capital. On the morning of Day 21, you have a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels; a complex network of tunnels where the locals sheltered during the Vietnam War. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the city sights, including the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, the colonial district (best explored by cyclo) and the immense Ben Thanh Market. (2B)

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Day 20-21 Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotels (24 nts), village homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, plane, songthaew, boat Meals: 25 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $320-420 for meals not included

Day 28-29 Bangkok Gear yourself up for a bit of a culture change as you re-acquaint yourself with the Kingdom of Thailand. Stare agog at the skyscrapers of Bangkok, a world away from where you started the day. Tonight is your last evening together, so make the most of it! Bangkok certainly has all you need for a great last night out, including plenty of stylish rooftop bars. The tour ends on Day 29, and you'll be left in no doubt as to why this is one of our best-selling tours! (2B) V I E T N A M

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Guided tour of Angkor Wat A boat cruise of Halong Bay Dine on traditional fare in local villages Street food crawl in Ho Chi Minh City Opt to explore regions by motorbike Bargain your way through vibrant markets

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Visit Hanoi's Old Quarter Explore the temple of Bagan by sunset Cruise down the Mekong River Learn about Myanmar's hilltribe villages R&R by Myanmar's Inle Lake G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat On your first day, feel free to explore Bangkok's intoxicating capital before your evening orientation. Hit the road the following morning, crossing into Cambodia and heading on to Siem Reap, home to the intricate temples and palaces of Angkor Wat. Photos don't do this archaeological wonder justice (but that doesn't mean we won't try!) so you're in for an absolute treat. First, indulge in a delicious Khmer meal at G for Good's New Hope Training Restaurant or with a local family, then spend the next day among the blend of Hindu and Buddhist architecture at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Don't miss Ta Prohm temple, where filming for the big budget blockbuster 'Tomb Raider' took place. (2B, D)

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Day 4-5 Phnom Penh Arrive into Phnom Penh, the riverside city where high-rise buildings blend with age-old pagodas and temples. Sip coffee in a colourful café, test your haggling skills in thriving markets or opt to visit the moving sites of Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and the Tuol Sleng prison. (2B)

Day 6-8 Koh Rong / Chambok Transfer to Sihanoukville before taking a boat to your very own private beach on Koh Rong, where you'll soon get sucked into the laid-back lifestyle. Here, you can get the best of both worlds, with quiet night swims in the shimmer of the phosphorescence on one end, and late-night raves and backpacker jollies on the other (the Koh Tuch strip). On Day 8, head back to the mainland and on the eco tourism hub of Chambok. Your home for the night is a village homestay, so you can get an insight into local life as well as tuck into some delicious fare with your hosts. (B, D)

Day 9-12 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang Formally known as Saigon, the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh is a hub of activity. Lose yourself in the maze that is the central market's street food stalls, opt to step back in time with a trip to the War Remnants Museum or the Cu Chi Tunnels, or shop 'til you drop in the Ben Thanh Market. On Day 10, sleep aboard your night train to Nha Trang and prepare for two days in beachside paradise. Opt for an island boat trip, cake yourself in mud at a natural mud bath or hot foot it around the countryside by motorbike. On Day 12, take an overnight train to Hoi An. (3B)

Day 13-16 Hoi An / Hue Hoi An is shopping heaven, so splash out on an outfit from one of the city's famous tailors before watching the pros at the G for Good noodle-making demonstration. You'll also get to eat them once they're ready - great fuel for the rest of the day! On Day 15, travel north to the charming city of Hue where options include a cyclo ride to the Royal Citadel, a cruise down the Perfume River or a motorbike hire. Board an overnight train to Hanoi on Day 16. (3B, L)

Day 17-19 Halong Bay / Hanoi Take in the dramatic views of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat and feast on a succulent seafood lunch. On Day 18, find your feet in Hanoi with an orientation tour through the Old Quarter. Got some time? Opt to visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison. (B, L)

Day 20-22 Vientiane / Vang Vieng A short flight brings you into Vientiane, the capital of Laos. After a free day of exploring temples and golden stupas or scouring the market for trinkets, you'll head to Vang Vieng. With your free time, soak up the beautiful limestone karsts, hike and bike around the paddy fields or go caving. (3B)

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PROJECT PARTNERS: MPLANETERRA G Adventures and the Planeterra Foundation have worked with two local communities to develop meaningful homestay programmes and meal experiences. Get a glimpse into rural daily life and enjoy simple, traditional Laotian meals. Your host will help to explain their ways of life in the village, and you'll get an opportunity to swim in the Mekong River.


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In Chiang Mai, set out to explore the temples, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at its famous night markets. Cross into Myanmar on Day 29 and head inland to Kengtung, the capital of the Golden Triangle. Take in spectacular views on an included full-day trek through rice paddies dotted by various hilltribe villages, and learn of a way of life that has changed little in centuries. Here, treat yourself to Shan khao swè - it's a regional staple. (B)

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Once a tiny mountain kingdom, Luang Prabang is now the place to find tasty cuisine and rich culture, including the Pha Ban, its most sacred Buddha image. Start the day by witnessing the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks, and finish with a browse at the local night market. If you're eager to whip up a storm, take a cooking class, or cool off in the Kuang Si Waterfalls. On Day 25, start your two-day cruise along one of the world's most fabled rivers, the Mekong, stopping overnight at a G for Good village homestay before crossing into Thailand on Day 26. (4B, L, D)

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (19 nts), multi-share hostels (14 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestays (2 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, private vehicle, train, tuk tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane Meals: 28 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $495-645 for meals not included

Day 31-35 Inle Lake / Bagan Catch a flight to the serene Inle Lake, home to the Intha tribe and dotted with stilt-house villages and floating gardens. Choose to explore the area on a bike, join a cooking class, or visit some of the region's floating villages and gardens by boat. After a full day on the road on Day 34, you'll be treated to a sunset temple tour of the ancient site of Bagan, home to the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ruins in the world. The next day is yours to explore before the final leg of the journey. (4B)

Day 36-37 Mandalay Today takes you to Mandalay, where you'll dive straight in with an included orientation walk and a visit to nearby villages for a closer glimpse into local life. Choose to explore Mandalay's ancient temples or pay a visit to the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, set on a wide, shallow lake where you can opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge. On Day 37, catch an overnight bus to Yangon. (2B)

Day 38-41 Yangon / Bangkok Welcome to Myanmar's largest city. Boasting stunning lakes, shady parks and lush tropical trees, enjoy an orientation walk and learn about the diversity of its cultures, communities and religions. Opt to visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site. Catch a flight back to Bangkok on Day 40 to enjoy a final night out, Thai-style, before bidding farewell to your group on Day 41. (2B) Mandalay Bagan Inle Lake

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Halong Bay

Mekong River Luang Prabang Vang Vieng

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Vientiane

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Bangkok

Hoi An

Siem Reap / Angkor Wat C A M B O D I A

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Phnom Penh Koh Rong Mekong Delta

Ho Chi Minh City

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On top of the magic foursome of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, this tour also ventures into nearby Myanmar to give you a taste of a culture only recently opened up to travellers.


BIG INDOCHINA ADVENTURE 27 DAYS, Bangkok

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Hanoi Exclusively For 18-35s

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And we mean BIG! This is a full-on month of exploring Southeast Asia's awesome foursome: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. From the scooter jams of Bangkok to the shores of Halong Bay. Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COBICA

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (21 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), overnight train (1 nt), Chinese-style junk boat (1 nt), floating hotel (1 nt) Transport: Private coach, plane, train, boat Meals: 26 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Day 1-7 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai / Pakbeng Arrive in Bangkok, meet your group and head out to explore the city by night. On Day 2, sail along the Chao Phraya River on a longtail boat then make for Kanchanaburi, home of the Death Railway Museum and Bridge on the River Kwai. Once you've had a look around, take a raft to your hotel for dinner by the water. Next morning, trek to Erawan Falls before continuing on to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Enjoy an included bike tour past ornate temples, towering spires and beautiful palaces before taking the overnight train to Chiang Mai. Spend the next day at leisure. (6B, 2L, 2D)

Day 8-13 Luang Prabang / Vang Vieng / Vientiane / Phnom Penh Travel to Luang Prabang and arrive late afternoon. It's an early start on Day 9 as you take part in the ritual of offering alms (food) to the city's Buddhist monks. Explore the rest of the city by bike before leaving the next morning for Vang Vieng, known for its dramatic limestone karsts and impressive international culinary scene. The town has a fab backpacker vibe, with opportunities to go kayaking or caving. On Day 12, head to Laos' capital Vientiane for a guided tour of the city. See the beauty of Pha That Luang stupa and the artistic flair of the Patuxai war monument, then visit the COPE centre, a local charity that provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services to those who have lost their limbs as a result of unexploded bombs. On Day 13, take off from Vietnam and fly to Cambodia. Enjoy dinner in Phnom Penh at a Tree Alliance Restaurant, visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then settle in for the evening right by the Mekong. (6B, 2L, D)

Day 14-20 Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang Today's flight takes you to Siem Reap, your base to explore the temple complex of Angkor Wat. Make your way to the world's largest religious monument on Day 15 to catch a one-of-a-kind sunrise, then head out to Pub Street in the evening. Take off for Vietnam on Day 16, and to Ho Chi Minh City. On Day 17, explore the colourful floating markets of the Mekong Delta on a sampan boat and enjoy a traditional fishing experience. Head back to Ho Chi Minh City the following day via the Viet Cong's tunnels then hear Vietnam's stories on a city tour and visit the War Remnants Museum. Fly to the golden beaches and turquoise waters of Nha Trang and enjoy a free day on Day 20. (7B, L, D)

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• Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat • Travel down the Mekong Delta by sampan • Sail off on a Chinese-style junk boat

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• Explore Bangkok on a longtail boat • Take part in a Buddhist ritual in Laos • Stay in a floating hotel in Kanchanaburi

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Day 21-27 Hoi An / Hue / Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi

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Head on to Hoi An and explore the city, known for its colourful fabrics. Enjoy a guided walk around the Old Quarter, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Opt in for a cooking class this evening. On Day 23, move to Hue, where you'll stop at the Thien Mu Pagoda and learn about the Hue Massacre. Next day, fly to Hanoi and tour the Temple of Literature before heading on to the paradise magnet that is Halong Bay for a junk boat cruise. You've seen the photos, now it's time to see it with your own eyes. You won't be disappointed! Head back to Hanoi where your trip ends on Day 27. (7B, 2L, D)

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ASIAN ADVENTURE 16 DAYS, Bangkok

$3,259

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Siem Reap Exclusively For 18-35s

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A great intro to Southeast Asia, this trip packs three unforgettable countries into 16 action-packed days. From the bright lights of Bangkok and cultural heavyweight Chiang Mai to the chilled-out waterways of the Mekong, no two days will be the same. It's diverse, it's fun and it's non-stop! Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COASAD

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Day 5-8 Chiang Mai / Pakbeng / Luang Prabang Laid-back Chiang Mai is famous for Buddhist rituals, traditional architecture and night markets. You'll spend the next couple of days here at leisure, getting the chance to explore on your own. If you're feeling adventurous on Day 6, why not act like a gibbon and join in an optional ziplining experience? There's also the chance to join in a cooking class! The next morning, hop across the border into Laos and journey to the remote yet charming town of Pakbeng. The next morning, leave Pakbeng and head to the historic town of Luang Prabang. Enjoy an included bike tour, visit the Pak Ou Caves and see gold-spired temples, monks in colourful robes and the Wat Xieng Thong Monastery. Alternatively, opt to cool off in the Kuang Si waterfalls. (4B, 2L, D)

Day 9-12 Vang Vieng / Vientiane Today, it's on to riverside Vang Vieng, a backpacker's heaven and surrounded by magnificent limestone karsts. Explore the outdoor activity capital of Laos by bike, or don your swimming gear and dive into one of its many swimming holes. At the end of a - let's face it - not too taxing day, be sure to check out the vibrant nightlife. On Day 12, continue on to Vientiane, the capital of Laos and home to cheap and cheerful spas (yes please), a gorgeous Old Quarter as well as tamarind-lined streets. There's none of your usual capital city chaos here, and the quaint Mekong town is known and cherished for its laid-back vibe. Visit the COPE support and rehab centre, the religious symbol of Pha That Luang and the impressive Patuxai war monument. (4B, L)

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Big, booming Bangkok is your gateway to Asia. Meet your crew this evening and head outside to the neon jungle. Visit the Grand Palace the following morning, explore the klongs on a longtail boat then head to Kanchanaburi. Learn all about the region's chequered past with a visit to the Death Railway Museum and Bridge on the River Kwai, then take a jungle raft to your hotel for dinner. The next day, trek to Erawan Falls, visit a nearby elephant sanctuary, then continue on to Ayutthaya, famous worldwide for its temple ruins. On Day 4, explore the town by bike then take the night train to Chiang Mai. (3B, L, D)

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Day 1-4 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai

Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Phnom Penh's Killing Fields • Visit Elephant Haven in Sai Yok • Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat

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• Visit Bangkok's Grand Palace • A bike tour around Luang Prabang • Opt for outdoor adventures in Vang Vieng

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Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), floating hotel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private coach, plane, train, boat Meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

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Day 13-16 Phnom Penh / Siem Reap On Day 13, fly to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodia's dark and troubled past. Tonight, dinner is at a Tree Alliance Restaurant, a project that helps disadvantaged young people to be trained in hospitality. The following day, fly to Siem Reap to wander the markets and maybe catch a traditional Aspara dance performance. Get up for sunrise and travel by private coach to the incredible 13th-century temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the biggest religious monuments ever built. Check out the Ta Promh temple (also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple) then head back into town to enjoy your last night. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 16. (4B, D)

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LAOS & THAILAND ON A SHOESTRING 11 DAYS, Vientiane

$1,049

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Bangkok Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Expect a friendly welcome, lively markets, beautiful monasteries and delicious food in Laos and gold-spired temples and fantastic landscapes in Thailand, the Land of Smiles! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAALVB

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (5 nts), multi-share hostels (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt) Transport: Sleeper train, local bus, air con bus, slow boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $125-165 for meals not included

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• See Buddhist traditions in Luang Prabang • See the limestone karsts of Vang Vieng • Long houseboat cruise down the Mekong

• Stay at a homestay on the Mekong Delta • Free time to explore in Chiang Mai • Check out Bangkok's Grand Palace

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Dec

Typically 3-6 departures per week

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Typically 3 departures per week

Day 1 Vientiane Arrive into Vientiane at any time. Spend the day navigating the streets of this former French trading post. Take a walk around the historic Old Quarter to seek out the temples, statues and local monks, or take yourself to one of the city's low-cost street markets. During the evening, meet up with your group and head out for your first big fix of Indochina!

Day 2-3 Vang Vieng It's an early start on Day 2 as you take a picturesque drive north to beautiful Vang Vieng. Set along the Nam Song River and amid rice fields and limestone karsts, this town lends itself well to a day or two of great exploring. With a full day at leisure here, opt to go caving nearby (highly recommended) or make the most of the time to go hiking, swimming and biking. (2B)

Day 4-5 Luang Prabang Nestled in the hills of Northern Laos, Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples and French colonial architecture. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk, witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks, then opt to take a cooking class, visit the Royal Palace Museum or cool off in the nearby Kuang Si Waterfalls. If all that is a bit too exhausting, chill out at sunset beside the Mekong with a Lao beer in hand. (2B)

Day 6-7 Mekong River / Pakbeng / Chiang Khong Spend the next two days cruising the serpentine waterways of the Mekong Delta on a long houseboat past cottage industries, floating markets and orchards, stopping at a G for Good homestay for the night. Day 7 sees you travelling on the Mekong Delta once more as you head for the Thai border and cross over to Chiang Khong. (2B, L, D)

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Day 8-9 Chiang Mai Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, Chiang Mai is a popular spot for any Thailand traveller. Its laid-back atmosphere makes it the ideal spot to recharge your batteries. You have heaps of free time to explore this sacred city, and there's no shortage of things to do. Opt to take a cooking class, visit Doi Suthep or catch a traditional Thai boxing match. On Day 9, travel by an overnight train to Bangkok. (B) Chiang Khong

Day 10-11 Bangkok One of Asia's most incredible cities, Bangkok will set your cultural tastebuds on fire! Check out famous Wat Po Temple and the Grand Palace, as well as numerous neon-lit backstreets and noisy street vendors. Finish the trip by diving headlong into Bangkok's nightlife scene, which ranges from backstreet cabaret bars to stylish rooftop cocktail places. On Day 11, your adventure finishes after breakfast. (B)

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DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ASIA 18 DAYS, Bangkok

$4,299

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATING

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Day 5-8 Luang Prabang / Hanoi UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang is overflowing with cultural attractions. Arrive off the plane and find your bearings with an orientation walk of the town. Rise at dawn on Day 6 to receive a blessing from the local monks, a living tradition here. Afterwards, head to the Royal Palace museum and Wat Xiengthong before heading to the temple of Wat Visoun, where you'll be guided by a monk. Catch the boat to the Pak Ou Cave, a treasure trove of 3,000 Buddhist statues left by pilgrims over the centuries. Watch the sunset from Phousi Hill. Visit the Kuang Si Waterfall and enjoy some free time exploring the night market the following day. After a free day in Luang Prabang, take a late afternoon flight to Hanoi. (4B)

Day 9-12 Halong Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum before travelling to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise in a traditional junk boat. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, seeing the bay one of those rub-your-eyes moments as you see the limestone islands and grottoes for the first time. On Day 10, continue along the bay before returning to Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youths, then head to the Old Quarter on a guided cyclo ride. Day 11, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and tour its main attractions before heading underground on Day 12. Take a look in the city's Cu Chi Tunnels for a glimpse at what life was like during the Vietnam War. (4B, 2L, D)

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Day 13-18 Phnom Penh / Siem Riep / Angkor Wat Take part in an NGO-supported cyclo tour around Phnom Penh, with an option of refreshing sunset drinks at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club. On Day 14, explore the dark side of Cambodia's history with visits to Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of the infamous Killing Fields, and the Tuol Sleng Prison. Day 15, drive to Siem Reap and tour its entertainment district and night markets. Then head to see the ancient capital and temple complex of Angkor, the world's largest religious monument, for the next couple of days. Take in a traditional lunch at New Hope, a G for Good-supported vocational training school for adults, then enjoy a performance at Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Depart on Day 18. (6B, L)

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Arrive into Thailand's frenetic capital city at any time, and ease into your new surroundings with an included arrival transfer to your meeting spot. The next day, get your first taste of the city with a boat trip along the canals. Culture vultures, look out for the murals of the Grand Palace and the sacred emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple. Later, catch a flight to Chiang Mai. On Day 3, explore the city and visit a food market with a local chef to pick out some tasty ingredients for an included cooking class - part of the G for Good collection. Later, climb the 300 steps to reach the summit of Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. The next day, pay a visit to a rural village and join a local family for an authentic khantoke dinner. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (3B, L, D)

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Day 1-4 Bangkok / Chiang Mai

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My Own Room Available: Fr $2,189 Feb 20

• Included night at the Phare Circus • Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex • G for Good collection

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• Visit Wat Visoun with a local monk • Sail down Bangkok's scenic klongs • Overnight cruise along Halong Bay

Accommodation: Hotels (16 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, first-class public bus, boat, tuk tuk, plane, cyclo, traditional junk boat Meals: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $235-305 for meals not included

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This trip gives you an intimate encounter with one of the world's most diverse and intriguing regions. Alms-giving in Luang Prabang, sticky (and delicious) street food in Chiang Mai, beaches, lively nightlife, sacred temples and stupas as far as the eye can see. One question: why aren't you here yet?


THAILAND & LAOS ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,849

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Hanoi

Small Group Adventure

EPIC SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES

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• Explore Bangkok's canals • Visit the Doi Suthep temple • Sail down the Mekong River

• Explore the Pak Ou caves • Stay with a Laotian family • Catch a water puppet show

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Chiang Mai Arrive into Thailand's energetic capital at any time. Cruise through Bangkok's klongs (canals) and stop by Wat Po to view the huge reclining Buddha on a guided longboat tour. If time allows, opt to see the Grand Palace and National Museum. On Day 2, travel by overnight train to Chiang Mai. Visit the famous Doi Suthep temple before indulging in the city's cuisine, night market and eclectic hilltribe culture. (B) Vang Vieng, Laos

Day 4-8 Chiang Khong / Mekong River / Luang Prabang After a day relaxing in Chiang Khong, cross into Laos on Day 5 to cruise down one of the world's longest rivers by a traditional boat. Luang Prabang will greet you with historic temples, multicultural locals and vibrant markets. Enjoy a tour of the legendary Pak Ou Caves and a visit to the Kuang Si waterfalls, then have dinner with a local family. (4B, D)

Day 9-11 Vang Vieng / Vientiane A scenic drive through the mountains takes you to picturesque Vang Vieng, an adventure-lover's nirvana and one of Vietnam's most serene destinations. Get your thrills swimming, biking or exploring caves before experiencing a traditional overnight stay in a local village on Day 9. On Day 11, head to the laid-back capital of Vientiane, with its eclectic mix of French and Lao architecture, riverside cafés and markets. (3B, D)

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Hanoi Mekong River Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Vientiane

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Day 12-14 Hanoi Take a short flight to Hanoi and get ready for a whirlwind of activity and colour. Hanoi's Old Quarter offers endless temptations in the shops and markets, while there are plenty of temples to see and coffee shops to relax in. Check out a performance of water puppetry and visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house. Your tour ends on Day 14, when you're free to leave at any time. (3B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), village homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, songthaew, cyclo, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATBH

My Own Room Available: Fr $619

Departures 2019/20

Bangkok

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Typically 10-13 departures per month Typically 6-9 departures per month Typically 3 departures per month

LAOS ADVENTURE AND THAILAND TREKKING 14 DAYS, Vientiane

$1,549

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Bangkok

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Hilltribe trek in Thailand • Slow boat down the Mekong • Traditional homestay

• Visit a Karen village • Free time in Chiang Mai • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Vientiane / Vang Vieng Arrive at the Laotian capital at any time and meet your group. The next morning, head north to the serene region of Vang Vieng where you'll spend the next two nights. While you're here, optional activities include hiking the nearby countryside (a great way to meet the villagers), rent a bike or try your hand at caving. (2B)

Day 4-7 Luang Prabang / Pakbeng / Chiang Khong

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Travel north again until you come to Luang Prabang. Find your feet with an orientation walk from your CEO, then opt to sign up for a guided tour. Get up early on Day 5 to witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The next day, take to the Mekong! Cruise the river on a long houseboat and pull up to your G for Good homestay at Pakbeng this evening. Get back on the water the next day and cross into Thailand in the afternoon. (4B, L, D)

Day 8-10 Chiang Mai / Ban Mae Jok After a morning drive to Chiang Mai, you'll get the rest of the day (and the following day) to make the most of optional activities like ziplining or a Thai cooking class. Your trek starts in rural Mae Malai on Day 10. Your first village stop will come to view after a couple of hours (all going well!), and with it your first opportunity to experience one of the country's unique cultures. (B, L, D)

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Chiang Mai

Day 11-14 Pa Khao Lam / Chiang Mai / Bangkok

Vientiane T H A I L A N D

After around 2-3 hours of trekking, stop for lunch and visit a Karen village to learn about traditional basket-weaving and scarf-making techniques. You'll have a few more hours of trekking after that until you reach your bed for the night. Day 12 sees a different kind of transfer as you take to the Mae Tang River by bamboo raft. Stop at a few other hilltribe villages before returning to Chiang Mai. Take the sleeper train to Bangkok on Day 13, where the trip comes to an end on arrival. (3B, 2L, D)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels or multi-share hostels (9 nts), homestay (1 nt), hilltribe hut (2 nts), sleeper trains (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, slow boat, songthaew, river raft Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking staff Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAALVT

Departures 2019/20 Jan, Jul-Sep & Nov-Dec

Typically 10-13 departures per month

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Typically 14-20 departures per month

May, Jun, Oct

Typically 7-9 departures per month


CYCLE BANGKOK TO HO CHI MINH CITY 16 DAYS, Bangkok

$4,053

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Ho Chi Minh City

Small Group Adventure

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• Cai Be rural homestay • Ho Chi Minh City tour • Damrei Mountains views

Day 1-4 Bangkok / Khao Yai / Prachin Buri / Sa Kaeo / Aranyaprathet From Bangkok, transfer to Khao Yai National Park to meet your bikes, and enjoy some warm up rides before the 50km ride to Prachinburi on Day 2. With a support truck following in tow, you can cycle as much or as little as you like. Follow roads and dirt tracks past rice fields and jungle, ending just short of the Cambodian border on Day 4. (4B, 3L, D) Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Day 5-8 Siem Reap / Tonle Sap Lake / Phom Penh Cycle to the border after breakfast, then transfer to Siem Reap by bus. The next day, take your bike to Angkor Wat for a cycling tour of the complex. On Day 7, it's a 28km cycle to the temple of Banteay Srei before a night out on popular Pub Street. Next up is Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia's largest lake, before reaching Phnom Penh. (4B, 4L)

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Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour on Day 9, visiting the Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Prison and the Russian Market, and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Transfer to Sihanoukville the next day and enjoy some well-deserved downtime on the beach! It's a full day in the saddle on Day 11 as you make your way to Kep, and a rural cycle to the Vietnam border the following morning. (4B, 4L)

Transfer to the laid-back fishing village of Rach Gia on Day13, and enjoy a cycle around the hidden backwaters of the Mekong Delta en route to Can Tho city. Cycle on to Cai Be for a local homestay experience before making your final approach to Ho Chi Minh City. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Aranyaprathet Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake

Day 9-12 Phnom Penh / Sihanoukville / Kep / Ha Tien

Day 13-16 Rach Gia / Can Tho / Vinh Long / Cai Be / Ho Chi Minh City

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Prachinburi

Kep

Sihanoukville

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Ho Chi Minh City

Cai Be

Vinh Long Can Tho

Ha Tien Rach Gia

inclusions Departures: Selected Saturdays (Jan19-Jan20) Accommodation: Hotel (15 nts) Transport: Bike, air con vehicle Meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Experienced English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 10 Includes: Bike rental, helmet, snacks Tour Code: BKKIND

BANGKOK TO SINGAPORE ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Bangkok

$3,529

FR

Singapore

Exclusively For 18-35s

highlights

• Longtail boat on Cheow Larn • Khao Sok jungle stay • Free time in Langkawi

• City tour of Kuala Lumpur • Tea plantation visit • Georgetown street art tour

Day 1-4 Bangkok / Surat Thani / Khao Sok Arrive into Thailand's capital and meet the group. On Day 2, you call the shots. Opt to visit the Grand Palace, shop around the markets or take a boat tour of the city's canals. Catch an overnight train to Surat Thani after dinner then head to Khao Sok National Park. Arriving early on Day 3, grab some breakfast then head straight to your jungle tree house accommodation. During your stay, enjoy a guided canoe tour, a longtail boat trip across Cheow Larn lake, lunch in a floating raft house, a jungle walk and a motorised bamboo raft trip to Pakarang Cave. On your second night, it's another special stay on a floating raft hut! (2B, 2L, D)

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Up next is Penang. Once you've dumped your bags, the evening is yours. Don't miss out on the tasty cuisine found in Little India and Chinatown. Stop in George Town on Day 10 for a guided street art walking tour, then head to the fragrant Cameron Highlands where your two-night stay includes a strawberry farm visit and a tea plantation tour. Travel to Kuala Lumpur on Day 12 and enjoy a city tour on arrival as well as some time at leisure. The next day, fly to Singapore, where your trip ends on Day 14. (6B, D)

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After breakfast, transfer to Krabi and settle in to island life. On Day 6, it's a full free day in paradise! Enjoy some time by the pool or take a half-day beach cruise to the nearby islands. The next morning, you're Malaysia-bound. Catch the ferry to the archipelago of Langkawi for two free days by the sea. Don't miss out on the optional sunset dinner cruise on Day 8. (4B)

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inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotel or multi-share hostel (10 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $205270 for meals not included

Arrive at any time and head out to explore this atmospheric, colourful and deliciously noisy city. Jump aboard a longtail boat or a tuk tuk and explore Bangkok's charismatic mix of markets, klongs and temples. Gather your pennies for a trip to one of the city's mega markets, melt under the hands of a relaxing Thai massage, explore the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and feast on Thai cuisine on a street food crawl. On Day 2, take an overnight train to Surat Thani later in the evening. (B)

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Day 3-5 Khao Sok / Koh Samui After disembarking, call by the G for Good Kap Thep Pitak Community Restaurant for lunch. Your presence here will not only contribute to investments in local infrastructure, it will also help to generate jobs and give local businesses, that once struggled to capitalise on the tourism industry, a big boost. Afterwards, travel to lush Khao Sok. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park, a diverse area of natural beauty and the perfect spot for anyone who wants to hike, get involved or just chill out in a riverside hammock watching monkeys take their afternoon bath. On Day 4, take a ferry to Koh Samui and explore the island's beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park to soak up the views and opt for a snorkelling session if the tide is right. (2B, L)

Day 6-9 George Town / Chenderoh Lake / Cameron Highlands Cross into Malaysia and take a scenic boat trip through a sheltered archipelago to arrive in Penang. The winding streets of George Town are best explored by bicycle rickshaw. Check out the fort's colonial architecture, pop into the colourful Indian Quarter and visit lively Chinatown. Indulge in a meal at the waterfront's bustling night markets with a fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian food on offer. Day 8, travel to a local island homestay in the middle of a scenic lake. Spend the evening connecting with the locals and taking in the scenery. (2B, D)

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Day 10-12 Kuala Lumpur / Malacca There's tons to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. Stare up at two of the world's tallest buildings, explore the famous Batu Caves or check out the Orang Asli Museum. Evenings are best spent sampling some of the finest cuisine in Southeast Asia and bargain-hunting in Chinatown's night market. With its historic fusion of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Portuguese influences, Malacca remains one of Malaysia's great destinations. Try a boat ride along the canals or see local historic parks on Day 12.

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Day 13-14 Singapore Cross into Singapore where you'll have a free afternoon to explore the city's many attractions. Take some time to wander the streets of Little India. Splash out on your last night with a legendary Singapore Sling cocktail at the famous Raffles Hotel. (B)

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• Tuck into tasty street food in Bangkok • The Cameron Highlands' tea plantations • Ang Thong Marine Park island-hopping

• Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park • Watch the sunrise from Mt. Bromo • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (20 nts), multi-share surf camp dorm (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), multi-share homestay (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, plane Meals: 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $315-410 for meals not included

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Day 3-5 Surat Thani / Khao Sok / Koh Samui Travel to lush Khao Sok, an area of diverse natural beauty. On Day 4, take the ferry over to Koh Samui for a tropical retreat by day and an optional lively scene by night! (2B, L)

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Adapt to Bangkok's lively atmosphere and humid climate by checking out the city's neon alleyways and goldenspired Buddhist temples. Head out on a street food crawl with your group and opt to explore the magnificent Grand Palace. On Day 2, make the overnight train journey to Surat Thani. (B)

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Explore Penang's bazaars, night markets and temples. Next up, opt to take a tour of the Cameron Highlands with a Rainforest Expedition, visit the tea plantations or relax and enjoy cooler climes. (2B, D)

Day 10-13 Kuala Lumpur / Malacca / Singapore Experience Kuala Lumpur's cosmopolitan atmosphere, from the Petronas Towers to Chinatown. On Day 12, head to the port town of Malacca and explore the canals by boat before setting off for Singapore to sample its mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures (and maybe a Singapore Sling or two).

Day 14-19 Jakarta / Cianjur / Bandung / Yogyakarta Fly into Jakarta, the economic heart of Indonesia, before venturing to Cianjur via Bogor. Visit floating villages, overnight in a homestay and opt to visit a 100-year-old tea plantation. Orientation walks and scenic train journeys await on Days 16-18. Finish with an optional Buddhist temple complex visit. (6B)

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Day 20-23 Ngadas / Mt. Bromo / Red Island The next few days are filled with ancient temples, village strolls, national parks and scenic train journeys as you make your way to Mt. Bromo. Enjoy the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through G for Good supported capacity building program. Then hang ten at a surf camp on Red Island on Day 23. (5B, L, D)

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Day 24-27 Pemuteran / Kuta Spend your first night in Bali close to the north shore of the island at Pemuteran, sandwiched between national parks containing coral reefs and rainforest. Take in an optional snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island. On Day 26, travel through countryside and rice paddy fields to the lively beach destination of Kuta. Party hard, opt to go surfing or just relax. Unwind and depart anytime on Day 27. (2B)

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Tuck into street food in four countries Stay with a local family in Cianjur Visit the world's largest Buddha sanctuary Watch the sunrise from Mt. Bromo Learn to surf in Red Island G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Bangkok Meet your group in the Thai capital on Day 1, and enjoy the next day at leisure. Check out sights including the Wat Po Temple and Grand Palace before catching an overnight train to Surat Thani. (B)

Day 3-5 Surat Thani / Khao Sok / Koh Samui Travel today to Khao Sok, a peaceful area situated right in the heart of nature. Opt to get active with an adventurous hike, or get in touch with your zen chilling out in a hammock. The next day, hop aboard a ferry to Koh Samui, famous for its white sand beaches, warm waters and lively nightlife. Wash away the inevitable hangover with an island hopping tour of Ang Thong Marine Park the following day. Swim in the park's clear waters, photograph the lush islands rising out of the sea, and opt to go snorkelling. (2B, L)

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Day 6-9 Penang / Chenderoh Lake / Cameron Highlands It's a long travel day as you ferry back to the mainland, cross the border into Malaysia and continue to George Town, Penang, known as the Pearl of the Orient. In your spare time, make sure to visit Kek Lok Si, one of the island's best-known Buddhist temples. On Day 8, spend the evening with locals at a Chenderoh Lake homestay, then head to the Cameron Highlands. Go hiking, visit the tea plantations or just enjoy the cooler air! (2B, D)

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Day 10-12 Kuala Lumpur / Malacca Malaysia's most populous city, Kuala Lumpur is a frenetic melting pot of cultures and people. Opt for a city tour or head to the top of the Petronas Towers (the world's tallest twin buildings) for fab city views. Travel to Malacca on Day 12, a historic port town with a wealth of temples, churches, mosques, museums and forts, and opt for a canal tour.

Day 13-15 Singapore / Medan / Tangkahan Explore the shops of Chinatown and Little India, call by the glitzy Raffles Hotel or visit Universal Studios on Sentosa Island. On Day 14, fly into Medan, the capital of North Sumatra and home to art deco buildings and temples. Drive to the small jungle community of Tangkahan on Day 15 for the chance to hike around the wild surrounds. (B)

Day 16-19 Tangkahan / Bukit Lawang / Berastagi Travel along bumpy roads to Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park. Opt to go jungle trekking on Day 17, and continue to Berastagi the next morning. This is where you come for a taste of Indonesian life without the crowds. Take an orientation walk on arrival then opt to hike up Sibayak volcano or tour the villages. (4B)

Day 20-22 Samosir Island / Padang Sidempuan Next up is two days near Lake Toba, the world's largest volcano lake. Swim in its warm waters or opt to visit local Batak villages. On Day 22, drive through some of the region's most beautiful scenery and stop for the night at Padang Sidempuan, a port town on Sumatra's western coast. (3B)

PROJECT PARTNERS: INDECON Over the past few decades, illegal logging and the migration of younger generations to urban centres has threatened the traditions of the Tengger tribe and left older generations behind without support. On this programme, visitors take part in a community-developed hike and learn about local customs, while the community benefits from tourism for the first time.

Day 23-26 Bukittinggi / Padang A busy cultural town in West Sumatra, get the lay of Bukittinggi with an included orientation walk. With a free day to explore, head to Ngarai Sianok canyon for spellbinding views or check out Lubang Jepang, a network of underground bunkers and tunnels built by the Japanese in World War II. On Day 25, travel on to Padang and spend a night by the beach. Don't miss the stunning sunset! (4B)

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Travel to Bandung for an orientation walk and a chance to explore on your own. Next day, take a scenic train trip to Yogyakarta, boasting sights such as Mt. Merapi and the impressive Borobudur, the largest Buddha sanctuary in the world. The nine platforms are crowned by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas. It became one of Indonesia's most-visited attractions after its existence was leaked to the world by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1814. (4B)

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Fly into Jakarta, the action-packed capital of Indonesia. Opt to take a guided city tour or treat your tastebuds to a street food crawl, where you'll soon discover there's more to Indonesian cuisine than peanut satay, beef rendang and nasi goreng! On Day 28, head south to Cianjur's floating villages and opt to help the local children with their English. This corner of Java sees little tourism, and you'll experience the best of local life at a family homestay. (2B)

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Day 27-28 Jakarta / Cianjur

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (32 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), multi-share surf camp (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, plane Meals: 30 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinner Budget: Allow USD $440-575 for meals not included

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Day 33-34 Ngadas / Mt. Bromo Continue across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the Mt. Bromo region. Experience the local culture on a G for Good community homestay, and explore the village on a guided walk. From here, start the 10km trek along the Ancestor Trail to the sacred site of Mt. Bromo, the same route took by the villagers' predecessors when they travelled there on pilgrimage. Opt to hike the volcano's crater before a night at a nearby hotel. (2B, L, D)

Day 35-36 Mt. Bromo / Red Island Enjoy an early-morning hike to take in the moonscape of Mt. Bromo as the sun comes up. After that, it's on to Red Island and a sweet surf camp on the beach. On Day 36, enjoy a morning surf lesson then use your free time to relax, explore a local fishing village or put your new surfing skills to the test. (2B)

Day 37-40 Pemuteran / Kuta On your way to Bali, travel past tea plantations and coastal lowlands to reach Pemuteran. Wander through the West Bali National Park or check out the marine life with a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island, one of Bali's most celebrated diving sites. Look out for turtles, mantas and reef sharks. On Day 39, enjoy a morning at leisure before travelling to lively Kuta, one of Bali's best nightlife spots. Hang out with surfers and sunbathers on the beach this afternoon, then revel with the party animals later on. There's a reason the nightlife is famous here! Your trip comes to an end on Day 40. (3B)

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1.  Transport on Stray's private hop-on hop-off network 2. English-speaking guide, welcome night and accommodation for the minimum travel days required for each tour (see pages 40 and 41) THAILAND

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16. Battambang homestay 17. K  ampot: Sunset River Cruise 18. P  hnom Penh: S21 Prison & Killing Fields VIETNAM

19. D  a Lat: Datanla Falls, motorcycle tour 20. Bai Xep: Beach, fishing village 21. Hoi An: Riverboat cruise (2 hours) 22. P  hong Nha: Thien Duong Cave, Phong Nha-Ke National Park 23. Hue: Motorbike tour 24. Ninh Binh: Trang An Grottoes

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VERY $1,065*/$1,711* POPULAR

DONG PASS VIETNAM

KONG LOR THA KEK

VIENTIANE

AYUTTHAYA

$975*/$1,546*

FR

VI E T N A M

HOUAY XAI

MEKONG RIVER HOMESTAY CHIANG KONG

TRANG AN GROTTOES

HANOI

PAK OU CAVES

LUANG PRABANG (2)

CHIANG RAI

NINH BINH

VANG VIENG (2)

CHIANG MAI VIENTIANE

THIEN DUONG (PARADISE) CAVE

PHONG NHA (2) HUE

L AOS HI VAN PASS AYUTTHAYA

T H A I L A N D

HOI AN (2)

ANGKOR WAT BANGKOK

BAI XEP (2)

SIEM REAP (3)

C A M B OD I A

BATTAMBANG HOMESTAY

TONLE SAP LAKE KOMPOMG CHHANG

SIHANOUKVILLE (3)

PHNOM PENH

NHA TRANG DA LAT (2)

HO CHI MINH CITY (2) (KHYMER PASS OPTIONAL CONNECTION)

KAMPOT

MAP KEY Homestay Strademark place (overnight stop) (2) 2-night stop (3) 3-night stop

Overnight stop Point of interest Stray bus route Unguided sector

*HOW PRICING WORKS Prices displayed are Stray's Low Bird rates and include a 12.5% discount off the full price of Freestyle Tours and 22.5% discount off the full price of Freestyle Passes for those who start travelling between 1 May-30 Sep 2019. If you wish to travel outside these dates then please ask your Travel Expert for details. Freestyle Tour pricing displayed is per person and based on twin share. Twin packages must be booked with a travel companion. Single packages are available if travelling solo.

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START/FINISH: Bangkok Bangkok WHY: A Cambodian highlights tour including the Angkor Wat temple complex, a cultural homestay, fresh seafood, salt and pepper farms and plenty of history. Return transfers from/to Bangkok available. MINIMUM DAYS: 11 FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-2, 15-18 STARTS: Wed/Sun Tour Code: LAOKHM/REPKHM

START/FINISH: Bangkok Bangkok WHY: Go further off the beaten track in Southern Laos, cruise down the Mekong River, connect with the locals at the homestays, then marvel at Angkor Wat and explore Cambodia's intriguing history. MINIMUM DAYS: 27 FREESTYLE TOUR INCLUSIONS: 1-18 STARTS: Mon/Fri Tour Code: LAOMEK/BKKMEK


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independent travel made easy Bamba Experience's self-guided passes include convenient bus and other local transport options, exciting activities along the route of your choice and the flexibility for you to choose your departure dates and make changes on the go. Passes are valid for a year, so you can stay in one place for as long as you like. Just hop on the next bus when you've worked your way through your to-do list. Accommodation is not included, however most hop-on hop-off routes can also be done as accommodated tours (from budget to 4*). Ask your Travel Expert.

What's special about Bamba's hop-on hop-off flexible travel passes? TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY

ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY

Explore the world exactly how you want to. Travel freely, at your own pace and to the hottest spots with no tour leader or schedule. It's all up to you! DAILY DEPARTURES

Bamba has up to 6 departures a day throughout their hop-on hop-off transport network, with multiple departures for included experiences. INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Each pass comes with a list of included experiences. Check them all out on the map opposite, and see which ones go with which pass on page 44-45. Ideal for budgeting and forward planning.

Make unlimited schedule changes before and during your trip. With a pass that's valid for 12 months, you can take your time to enjoy your journey. Plus, with no local payments to worry about, it's easier to stay on budget! ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is not included so you get to choose where you sleep based on your budget and with the help of Bamba's list of recommended hostels and hotels. Book your bed on the go on Bamba's travel app, or opt to go accommodated. All of Bamba's hop-on hop-off routes can also be done as accommodated tours. Ask your Travel Expert for details.

EXPRESS WAYS Pressed for time? Bamba's Express Ways routes give you all the freedom and independence granted on all the others, but contain fewer included experiences and activities. Why pay for more than you can fit in your schedule? Check the included activities on page 43 to decide which pass is best for you.

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Included Experiences

BAGAN Morning Bike Tour

Myanmar

Vietnam

10

Laos

CHIANG MAI Boat to Laos (3 days)

HANOI Vietnamese Meal with Family

VANG VIENG Kayaking & Tubing Adventure

HUE Tombs & Pagoda Day Trip

CHIANG MAI Nature & Villages Trek

YANGON Like a Local Day Trip

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11

4 5

7

HANOI Halong Bay Party Boat (3 days) (Express Ways, 2 days)

LUANG PRABANG City Bike Tour

9

EPIC SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES

8

INLE Bike, Boat & Kayak Experience

13

Thailand BANGKOK Bangkok Bike Tour

14

SIEM REAP Angkor Wat Day Trip

6

20

HOI AN Bicycle Day Trip

Cambodia HO CHI MINH CITY Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Trip

19

17

PHNOM PENH KOH PHANGAN Killing Fields & Prison Snorkel & Zipline Adventure S21 Tour

2

1

16

DALAT Countryside Motorcycle Adventure

18 HO CHI MINH CITY Mekong Delta Highlights Adventure (2 days)

3

KOH SAMUI Zipline Adventure

KOH PHI PHI/KRABI Maya Bay ‘The Beach’ Trip

22

CAMERON HIGHLANDS Rainforest Expedition

Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR Foodie Experience

21

SINGAPORE Home-cooked Meal with Singaporean Family

23

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Satay Ways

FR

$1,065

Make your way from Bangkok to Singapore, travelling through Malaysia along the way. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local cultures, discover pristine Thai beaches, marvel at Malaysia's beautiful landscapes and share a homemade meal with a Singaporean family. Stay as long as you wish in each destination thanks to the flexibility of Bamba's passes.

MALAYSIAN RAINFOREST BANGKOK

KRABI

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Krabi to Penang  Travel time: 10 hours

BANGKOK 6 KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN

PHUKET

Bangkok Bike Explorer  Duration: 4 hours

PENANG Penang to Cameron Highlands  Travel time: 5 hours

Bangkok to Koh Tao  Travel time: 15 hours

THAI ISLANDS

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

KOH TAO

22 Rainforest Expedition

Koh Tao to Koh Phangan  Travel time: 2 hours

KRABI

KOH PHI PHI

 Duration: 8 hours

Cameron Highlands to Kuala Lumpur Travel time: 4 hours

KOH PHANGAN 2

Snorkel & Zipline Adventure  Duration: 8 hours

KUALA LUMPUR

Koh Phangan to Phuket  Travel time: 11 hours

PENANG CAMERON HIGHLANDS

21 Kuala Lumpur Foodie Experience

 Duration: 4 hours

PHUKET

Kuala Lumpur to Melaka  Travel time: 3 hours

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi  Travel time: 2 hours

KUALA LUMPUR

MALACCA

KOH PHI PHI MALACCA

1 SINGAPORE

Malacca to Singapore  Travel time: 4 hours

Maya Bay 'The Beach' Trip  Duration: 8 hours

SINGAPORE

Koh Phi Phi to Krabi  Travel time: 2 hours

EAT WITH A LOCAL IN SINGAPORE

23 Home-cooked Meal with

Vie tnam

Indochina

HANOI

Singaporean Family Duration: 3 hours

MANDALAY BAGAN

CHIANG MAI

HUE

VANG VIENG VIENTIANE

YANGON

SUKHOTHAI

HOI AN

BANGKOK

SIEM REAP HO CHI MINH CITY

DALAT

PHNOM PENH

NHA TRANG

FULL BAMBA INDOCHINA

COMPLETE VIETNAM WAYS Ho Chi Minh Hanoi Recommended trip time: 16 Days

$1,411

NHA TRANG DALAT

$3,200

FR

Included experiences:

4-20

FR

Included experiences:

COMPLETE VIETNAM EXPRESS WAYS Ho Chi Minh Hanoi Included experiences: Recommended trip time: 12 Days

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SIHANOUKVILLE

Bangkok Bangkok Recommended trip time: 44 Days

HUE HOI AN

NHA TRANG

HO CHI MINH CITY

HANOI

LUANG PRABANG

NYAUNG SHWE

Bangkok Bangkok Recommended trip time: 13 Days

$754

FR

12

14

THAILAND & MYANMAR WAYS

$1,254

FR

12-18

16

17

Included experiences:

MYANMAR WAYS Mandalay Yangon Included experiences: Recommended trip time: 7 Days

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5-9

$514

FR

7

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Thail and

SouthEast Asia

Thail and, Laos, Vie tnam & Cambodia EPIC SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES

CHIANG MAI

SUKHOTHAI

BANGKOK

KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN KRABI PHUKET

KOH SAMUI KOH PHI PHI

HANOI

PAK BENG

HALONG BAY

CHIANG KHONG

HOI AN

NHA TRANG DALAT KOH TAO

HO CHI MINH CITY

KRABI

KRABI

KOH PHI PHI PENANG

PENANG

$620

RICE FIELD BAMBA WAYS

DALAT

HO CHI MINH CITY

PHUKET

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

THAI ISLANDS & BEACHES WAYS

NHA TRANG

BANGKOK PHNOM PENH

PHUKET

KOH PHI PHI

Bangkok Bangkok Included experiences: 1 6 Recommended trip time: 11 Days

SIHANOUKVILLE KOH PHANGAN

CAMERON HIGHLANDS KUALA LUMPUR

KUALA LUMPUR

MALACCA

MALACCA

$2,530

SINGAPORE FR

BUDDHA BAMBA WAYS

SINGAPORE

$2,736

FR

FR

Bangkok Hanoi Included experiences: 6 12-20 Recommended trip time: 25 Days

Phuket Koh Samui Included experiences: 1 2 3 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

COMPLETE THAILAND WAYS

SIEM REAP

PHNOM PENH SIHANOUKVILLE KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN

$557

HUE

SIEM REAP

BANGKOK

FR

VIENTIANE

HOI AN

Bangkok Bangkok Included experiences: 1 2 6 Recommended trip time: 14 Days

THAILAND KOH EXPRESS WAYS

SUKHOTHAI

HUE

$663

FR

HALONG BAY

LUANG PRABANG VANG VIENG

CHIANG MAI

THAILAND KOH WAYS

HANOI

$1,022

RICE FIELD BAMBA EXPRESS WAYS

Bangkok Bangkok (clockwise) Included experiences: 4 5 6 Recommended trip time: 39 Days

$1,305

BUDDHA BAMBA EXPRESS WAYS

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Bangkok Bangkok (clockwise) Included experiences: 4 5 6

FR

10-20

$2,017

FR

FR

Bangkok Bangkok Included experiences: 1 2 5 Recommended trip time: 19 Days

COMPLETE THAILAND EXPRESS WAYS Bangkok Bangkok Included experiences: 1 5 6 Recommended trip time: 16 Days

Bangkok Hanoi Included experiences: 6

19

6

12

14

17

20

14

Recommended trip time: 22 Days

$924

FR

MAI PEN RAI WAYS

17

11

12

20

Recommended trip time: 33 Days

$2,764

FR

Hanoi Singapore Included experiences: 1 2 6 Recommended trip time: 43 Days

16

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SATAY EXPRESS WAYS Bangkok Singapore Included experiences: 1 2 6 Recommended trip time: 10 Days

$895

FR

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CHIANG MAI

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AYUTTHAYA KANCHANABURI

KHAO YAI N.P.

BANGKOK

KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN KOH SAMUI

KHAO SOK N.P.

KRABI

PHUKET KOH PHI PHI

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DIVING

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FULL MOON PARTIES

The former pirates' hideout of Koh Tao boasts some of the country's best dive sites with the rare chance to see whale sharks.

Find meals as cheap as USD $1-2 from street vendors and markets selling anything from barbecued fish to pork skewers.

Thailand is the birthplace of hedonistic beach parties and one of the few places where filling a bucket with whiskey is acceptable.

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THAILAND ON A SHOESTRING 15 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,449

FR

Koh Tao Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

snapshot Thailand doesn't demand high spending or high-rolling, only an open heart and a thirst for adventure. Starting in Bangkok, this trip encompasses urban life, rural life and island life in two stunning weeks.

THAILAND

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking staff Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATRT

inclusions Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (9 nts), basic multishare hilltribe huts (2 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport: Local bus, train, boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included

Day 1-2 Bangkok

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May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Departures 2019 Feb

• Chill out in Khao Sok National Park • Let your hair down in Koh Tao • Discover Koh Tao's incredible marine life

Jan

highlights

• Go on a Bangkok shopping spree • Add to your culinary skills in Chiang Mai • Stay with local hilltribes in the north

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16 23 27 28

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02 15 19 23

10 16 22 25

08 16 22 27

08 15 25 27

07 12 21 26

06 14 27 30

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Arrive at any time on Day 1 and get settled in your hotel before heading out and exploring the urban jungle. The following day, opt to visit the Emerald Buddha of the Grand Palace and pay a visit to some of the city's countless pagodas. Fancy a more relaxed day out? Jump on a local ferry to see the cityscape and klongs (canals) from the water. If you're a shopper, head to Bangkok's mega malls or open-air markets. In the evening, board an overnight train north to Chiang Mai. (B)

Day 3-6 Chiang Mai / Hilltribe Trek With a full day to explore the city at your leisure, do not miss Chiang Mai's fantastic street food. In between mouthfuls of noodles, go shopping at the night bazaar, visit some of the city's temples or add to your culinary repertoire with a Thai cooking course. On Day 4, travel to the countryside for a three-day hilltribe trek. Hike along sloping hills and valleys for around four or five hours a day and visit a diverse group of tribes along the way, each with their own language, clothing and belief systems. On the first day, drive from Chiang Mai to your starting point at Mae Malai village and hike to the first village. The next day, a morning trek will take to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making before you make your way to your next overnight spot. On your last day in the region, travel by bamboo raft, before your transfer back to Chiang Mai. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Day 7-10 Chiang Mai / Bangkok / Surat Thani / Khao Sok National Park Return to the northern capital and take care of any last-minute shopping before heading back to Bangkok on Day 8, with time to visit the temples, shops and gardens you missed the first time. On Day 10, head to Khao Sok National Park, a diverse area of natural beauty, perfect for people who want to hike and get out in the middle of nature. Choose to get your hiking boots on or go for a dip. Alternatively, choose to chill out in a hammock by the riverside and watch the monkeys take their afternoon bath. (2B, L)

Like that? Try this... Full Moon Party option Thailand on a Shoestring & Full Moon Party (15 days, Bangkok - Koh Phangan) (GAATTP)  Fr $1,719 Customise your trip Northern Thai Cooking Class Pick your ingredients, enjoy a handson lesson and whip up local dishes.  Fr $42 Flight of the Gibbon Zipline across 7km of Thai jungle with an expert guide. Fr $162

Day 11-12 Koh Phangan White beaches, coconut trees, fresh seafood and warm seas. Koh Phangan just gets us. There's plenty of time to relax, but don't miss the chance to go on an adventure and uncover some of the island's waterfalls, lagoons, and hidden beaches. (B) Hilltribe Trek

Day 13-15 Koh Tao An island so laid-back, even the palm trees can't be bothered to stand up straight. Enjoy an included full-day snorkelling trip to some of Southeast Asia's best reefs and spend the rest of your time on the beach and throw in some optional watersports while you're at it. Leave any time on Day 15. You can choose to head back to Bangkok or book in some more sunbathing time on one of the many surrounding islands. (2B, L)

Chiang Mai

T H A I L A N D

Bangkok

Koh Tao Koh Phangan Khao Sok N.P.

Damnoen Saduak floating market, Bangkok

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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TOTAL THAILAND 16 DAYS, Bangkok

$4,025

FR

Phuket

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See incredible Erawan Falls • Snorkel Koh Lanta's beaches • Jungle accommodation

• Hit Khao San Road's bars • Enjoy a Muay Thai class • Visit Elephant Nature Park

Arrive in the capital, take some time to explore and hit Khao San Road's lively nightlife in the evening. Kick start Day 2 with a guided visit to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and catch a ferry to the Grand Palace and tour the klongs (canals) before sitting down for a rooftop drink. Day 3, it's on to the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi. Visit the WWII Cemetery and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Tonight, a special treat is in store as you bed down on a floating raft hotel, with candlelit rooms and direct access from your room to the river. (2B, D)

Bangkok

Day 13-16 Koh Lanta / Phuket After a morning snorkelling excursion, set your sights on Koh Lanta's palm-waving beaches before boating to Phuket on Day 14. Get a massage, hit Bangla Road and uncover its caves and karsts before saying goodbye to your group on Day 16. (4B)

Khao Sok

Phuket

Dec

Koh Lanta

$2,249

FR

Bangkok

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cycle through UNESCO sites • Refuel with tasty street food • Kayak the Andaman Sea

Nov

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Surat Thani

THAILAND HIKE, BIKE & KAYAK 14 DAYS, Bangkok

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Departures 2019/20

Mar 20

Ayutthaya Kanchanaburi

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (11 nts), overnight train (1 nt), floating raft (1 nt), riverside cottage (2 nts) Transport: Private coach, overnight train, minivan, plane, ferry Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Group Leader: Trip Manager and Driver Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COTHNS

Feb 20

T H A I L A N D

Day 8-12 Chiang Mai / Bangkok / Khao Sok Take a breather in laid-back Chiang Mai. Opt to shoot down a zipline through its tree tops, and dabble in Thai cooking. Return to Bangkok for the night to toast the midway point (already?) and take a flight to Khao Sok on Day 10. On arrival, take a day trip to Cheow Larn lake, and kick start with a cruise and kayak. Bed down in your riverside accommodation in the Khao Sok jungle. Spend the next few days canoeing and relaxing on the palm-fringed island of Koh Lanta. (5B, 2L)

inclusions

Chiang Mai

Jan 20

Pai

Mar

Visit the Erawan Falls and splash around before heading to the UNESCO-listed city of Ayutthaya. Pedal past temples and villages by bike to see the Kingdom of Siam. Board a sleeper train that night to Chiang Mai. Day 5, pull into the mountain town of Pai, head out by foot or bike and explore. Spend the next two days limbering up with a Muay Thai class and discovering the Elephant Nature Park. (4B, L)

Feb

Day 4-7 Kanchanaburi / Pai / Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Jan

THAILAND

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi

• Discover remote hilltribes • Bunk down in bamboo huts • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok and meet your group. The next day, jump on your bike to explore the city. In the afternoon, travel by private van to historic Kanchanaburi. (B)

Day 3-5 Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya Explore the past of Kanchanaburi on a cycling tour before spending the night on a floating rafthouse. The next day, visit Erawan National Park to hike the tiers of its famous waterfall and swim in the pools before continuing to Ayutthaya. On Day 5, cycle around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the once-capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and its monasteries. Tonight, take the overnight train to Chiang Mai. (2B, D)

Day 6-10 Chiang Mai / Hilltribe Trek / Krabi / Ao Nang

Krabi, Thailand

inclusions Hilltribe Trek

On arrival, head straight to the mountains for an unforgettable three-day jungle hike. On the walk, discover remote hilltribes and their traditional villages, learn about the people's unique cultures and sleep in traditional bamboo houses. On Day 9, fly south to Krabi and transfer to Ao Nang before continuing by traditional longtail boat to the islands of Koh Hong and Koh La Ding the following day. Enjoy some R&R, go snorkelling, and have a beach picnic. (3B, 4L, 2D)

Chiang Mai

T H A I L A N D

Ayutthaya

Kanchanaburi

Bangkok

Day 11-14 Andaman Sea / Krabi / Bangkok Transfer to Bo Tor, and head downriver in a kayak. Next up, travel to the G for Good Laem Sak Community Resort (an initiative set up to train locals in marine operation and safety) for a guided walk, and join the locals for a batik-making class before dinner. Spend the next couple of days in Bam Laem Sak, kayaking and visiting ancient caves. Head into the mangrove channels for bird watching and a barbecue dinner. Say your goodbyes as your trip ends on Day 14. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Wellness Thailand (GAATBSW) 9 Days, Fr $2,399

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), community resort (2 nts), hilltribe homestays (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts), rafthouse (1 nt) Transport: Train, minibus, songthaew, local bus, bike, raft, longtail boat, plane, kayak Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATHB

Departures 2019 Krabi

Jan-Dec

Selected Saturdays


NORTHERN HILLTRIBES & VILLAGES 8 DAYS, Bangkok

$749

FR

Bangkok

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Bargain hunt in Bangkok • Opt to visit Wat Po • Master the perfect pad Thai

• Trek through pristine jungles • Stay in hilltribe villages • Opt for a Thai massage

Day 1-2 Bangkok

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Arrive into Chiang Mai, possibly the most culturally significant of the northern cities. A long-term travellers' favourite, you'll soon see why visitors flock here. Opt to visit the famous Doi Suthep temple, wander through the Old City and night markets or sign up to a Thai cooking class.

inclusions

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Day 8 Bangkok

Aug

Departures 2019 Jan

Bangkok

Jul

Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy some time to see the attractions you missed last time, like hunting for trinkets and souvenirs at the night bazaar, exploring Chiang Mai's many temples, or indulging in a relaxing post-trek massage. Later, board the overnight train back to Bangkok. (B)

Jun

T H A I L A N D

Day 7 Chiang Mai

May

Chiang Mai

Apr

Hilltribe Trek

Mar

Spend three days trekking through Northern Thailand's rolling hillsides and meet the region's diverse hilltribes, each with their own culture, traditions, language and style of dress. Learn about their unique way of life and speed down the river on a bamboo raft. (3B, 3L, 2D)

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share hotel or multi-share hostel (3 nts), hilltribe huts (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport: Local bus, songthaew, train, raft Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $65-85 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking staff Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATHV

Feb

Day 4-6 Hilltribe Trek

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Arrive back to Thailand's capital, where your tour ends mid-afternoon. We'd recommend not arranging any onward travel before 3pm.

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI EXPRESS 7 DAYS, Bangkok

$899

FR

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore Bangkok's markets • Visit the reclining Buddha • Overnight on a rafthouse

• Swim near Erawan Falls • Free time in Ayutthaya • Discover Chiang Mai

Day 1 Bangkok Let the adventure begin! Arrive at any time and get your first taste of Bangkok, from backpacker pubs and lavish rooftop bars to luxury shopping malls and open-air markets. If this is your first time in the Thai capital, it may take some getting used to. So go easy! Meet your group this evening and get the lowdown on the upcoming week from your Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Day 2-3 Kanchanaburi

inclusions Chiang Mai

Day 4-5 Ayutthaya Travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy two days at leisure to explore the city's historical sites, including the Chan Kasem National Museum - a former palace and now home to an extensive collection of artefacts - and the beautiful Wat Chaiwattanarm temple. If time allows, head along to the Chao Sam Phraya Museum and spend the rest of the day exploring the area before boarding an overnight train north to Chiang Mai on Day 5. (2B)

T H A I L A N D

My Own Room Available: Fr $229

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Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Departures 2019 Apr

Bangkok

Mar

Arrive in Chiang Mai, and make the most of some free time to explore the city. Venture to Doi Suthep in the afternoon, a stunning national park home to diverse flora and fauna, waterfalls, a striking temple and shopping opportunities. Day 7 marks your last day, so feel free to depart at any time. Or, if you're not quite done with the place, stay on and continue your own explorations. (B)

Ayutthaya

Feb

Kanchanaburi

Day 6-7 Chiang Mai

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 1 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 5 breakfasts,1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATNR

Jan

Make the short journey from the electric streets of Bangkok to the leafy surrounds of Kanchanaburi where you'll spend the night aboard a floating rafthouse. On Day 3, enjoy a day at the spectacular Erawan Falls, with the option to hike into the jungle to spot the resident monkeys, and visit the Bridge on the River Kwai to learn about the cruel history of the Thai-Burma railway project. (2B, D)

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Arrive into Bangkok and spend two days exploring the frenetic capital. Opt to visit Wat Po (a temple believed to be the birthplace of the Thai massage), the royal grandeur of Grand Palace or the atmospheric backstreet klongs (canals). Later on Day 2, take the overnight train north to Chiang Mai. (B)


NORTHERN THAILAND HILLTRIBES TREK 5 DAYS, Chiang Mai

$449

FR

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit Chiang Mai's markets • Trek across northern jungles • Meet a local shaman

• Stay in two hilltribe villages • Explore a 1,666m river cave • G for Good collection

Arrive at Chiang Mai, the cultural centre of northern Thailand, at any time today and start exploring the historic centre on your own. Meet the rest of your group later this afternoon, and learn all you need to know about the upcoming days.

Day 2 Ban Pha Mon (Hilltribes Trek) Chiang Mai, Thailand

Drive from Chiang Mai to your starting point, and begin your trek through forests and rural terrain to visit some of the most colourful and traditional hilltribe villages that have remained unchanged for generations. Discover a huge variety of languages, clothing styles and beliefs, with each village retaining its own culture and tradition. Stop at a Lahu tribe village for a chance to learn about their age-old weaving methods, sign up for a Lahu massage or help prepare a local dish for tonight's dinner. (B, L, D)

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Day 3 Ban Muang Pam (Hilltribes Trek) Set off this morning on a six-hour trek in the forest, crossing rice and vegetable fields and passing through other villages along the way. Recharge your energy levels over lunch then continue trekking to a Karen village, where there's the option to kick around a football or learn about traditional medicine from the village shaman. Overnight at the G for Good Ban Muang Pam homestay. (B, L, D)

Ban Muang Pam Ban Pha Mon

Tham Lod Trail Head

Chiang Mai

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (1 nt), basic multishare hut (3 nts) Transport: Open truck, van, raft Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $25-35 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), specialist trekking guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 5 Tour Code: GAATHH

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$1,619

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Bangkok

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chiang Mai cooking class • See Wat Rong Khun Temple • Chiang Rai Opium Museum

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Wake up to a day of real fun as you set off to Tham Lod, a 1,666m deep cave. Explore the cave on a bamboo raft - a truly unique experience - and stop in at different chambers along the way. After a bite to eat, travel to Ban Jabo, a Black Lahu village, and learn about their culture. Following breakfast on Day 5, bid farewell to your hosts and return to Chiang Mai, where your hilltribe adventure comes to and end at around 3pm. (2B, L, D)

Feb

Departures 2019

Day 4-5 Bam Muang Pam / Chiang Mai

• Lampang local homestay • Enjoy a Sukhothai bike tour • Visit Bangkok's Grand Palace

Day 1-2 Bangkok / Nong Khai After your arrival on Day 1, explore the lively city for yourself and meet the rest of your group this evening. The following morning, you can look forward to another full day of exploring with an included klong boat tour of the Bangkok canals plus a visit to the temple of Wat Tho. Tonight, board the overnight train to Nong Khai. (B)

Day 3-5 Chiang Khan / Phitsanulok

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Ayutthaya

On arrival at Ayutthaya, enjoy a short tour of the historical sites followed by a drive to Kanchanburi. Explore the Death Railway Museum and Allied War Cemetery, then take a boat to your floating jungle rafthouse for two days of relaxation. Swim in the Erawan Falls, and opt to visit an elephant camp or go trekking. Return to Bangkok on Day 13, where the tour finishes after breakfast the next day. (3B)

My Own Room Available: Fr $259 May

Day 11-14 Ayutthaya / Kanchanburi / Bangkok

Lampang Chiang Khan

Apr

Chiang Mai

After a visit to Sukhothai Hisotric Park, tonight you'll live alongside the locals on an authentic Lampang homestay. Surrounded by idyllic views, get to know your hosts and help prepare the evening's meal. On Day 7, it's on to Chiang Mai. Over the next couple of days, visit Doi Suthep, enjoy a Khantoke cooking class and opt in for a segway tour, a ziplining excursion or a rural cycle ride. (5B, D)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), sleeper train (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, train, boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATNN

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Day 6-10 Lampang / Chiang Mai

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Disembark in Nong Khai, the capital of the province of the same name, and gear up for a scenic drive along the Mekong River, only the world's twelfth-longest river but surely one of its most fabled due to its pathway across six countries. As you're looking out at the view, take a look at the opposite side of the bank - that's Laos! Arrive in Chiang Khan mid-morning and enjoy the day at leisure. The next morning, experience morning lams by offering alms to local monks, and travel to Phitsanulok on Day 5, with an orientation walk on arrival. (2B, D)

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NORTHERN THAILAND ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Bangkok

$1,279

FR

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Bridge on the River Kwai • Overnight on a rafthouse • Golden Doi Suthep temple

• Two traditional homestays • Explore Tham Lod cave • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi

THAILAND

Arrive at the so-called City of Angels on Day 1 and meet your group at the welcome meeting tonight. The following morning, make your way to Kanchanaburi and overnight aboard a floating rafthouse. Enjoy some free time on Day 3 to do some essential sightseeing, including visits to the Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. (2B, D)

Day 4-5 Ayutthaya It's on to the historical sites of once-capital Ayutthaya today. The UNESCO-listed ruins include some striking pagodas and impressive Buddha images, so you'll want to get the most out of your visit. Opt to call by the Chan Kasem National Museum and the Chao Sam Phraya Museum before bedding down on an overnight train to Chiang Mai. (2B)

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Bangkok

After breakfast this morning, leave your rural Karen village. The trek continues through lush jungle to the deep cave of Tham Lod, which you'll explore on a bamboo raft before your final trekking stop at a Black Lahu village. On Day 10, return to Chiang Mai and continue your onward journey. (2B, L)

Departures 2019 May

Ayutthaya

Kanchanaburi

Day 9-10 Chiang Mai

My Own Room Available: Fr $219 Apr

T H A I L A N D

Mar

Chiang Mai

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), huts (3 nts) Transport: Train, truck, vehicle, raft Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-105 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTY

Feb

Vibrant Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most treasured highlights. Get a feel for the city yourself before an included visit to the temple of Doi Suthep. Day 7 sees the start of your hilltribes trek, that will take you through farmland, teak forests and rice fields towards a Lahu village. Settle in for the night at a G for Good traditional homestay, try your hand at cooking, learn about bush medicine and continue on to a Karen village next day. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Hilltribe Trek

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Day 6-8 Chiang Mai / Ban Pha Mon / Ban Muang Pam (Hilltribes Trek)

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THAILAND ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, Bangkok

$739

FR

Chiang Mai

highlights

• Enjoy a night out in Bangkok • Stop at Pai Canyon • Optional hilltribes trek

• Relax in Pai's hot springs • Ladyboy cabaret show • Visit famous night markets

Day 1 Bangkok Your adventure begins in Thailand's cultural and economic hub, Bangkok. Meet your group, then head out to explore the infamous backpacker area of Khao San Road. Time to let loose in the party capital of the world!

Day 2-3 Pai Pai, Thailand

With a free day to explore Bangkok at your leisure, opt to check out highlights like the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, or take a cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Tonight, board the overnight train to the northern province of Chiang Mai. After breakfast, start your journey north to Pai and stop at Pai Canyon on the way. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival, and visit the famous night market in the evening. (B)

inclusions Pai

Day 4-5 Pai / Chiang Mai Today, choose to explore the region on your own or sign up to an optional excursion through the jungle to meet the remote villagers and explore the Tham Lod Caves on a bamboo raft. After a night at one of the local bars, head back to Chiang Mai on Day 5. Options here include a cooking class or a crunching Muay Thai show! (2B)

Chiang Mai

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: 2* or 3* hotels (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, train Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 28 Includes: Pai Canyon and Memorial Bridge visit, ladyboy cabaret show Tour Code: BU

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Fancy ziplining through the Thai jungle canopy? Or maybe visit the gentle grey giants of a nearby Ethical Elephant Park? You can opt in to either on Day 6, followed by an included visit to a ladyboy cabaret in the evening. The next morning, as check-out time looms, enjoy one final included breakfast before you continue your onward journey. (2B)

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Bangkok Adventure (BU) 3 Days, Fr $739

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THAILAND VOLUNTOUR EXPLORER 29 DAYS, Bangkok

$2,080

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Bangkok

highlights

• Work with elephants in Surin • Meet the village mahouts • Community building project

• Balm out in Koh Phangan • Party on Khao San Road • Explore Bangkok's temples

THAILAND

Day 1-7 Bangkok / Surin Hop on a transfer from the airport to your guesthouse near lively Khao San Road. On Day 2, visit some of Bangkok’s acclaimed sites, including Wat Arun (also called the Temple of Dawn), the Giant Golden Reclining Buddha and enjoy a classic longtail boat ride down the canal. Later this evening, grab a few drinks with your fellow travellers on Khao San Road. The next day, it’s off to Surin, Thailand’s elephant capital. It's an early day on Day 4 to join a local team on a school renovation project, with 4-6 hours of work everyday until Day 7. (2B)

Day 8-14 Surin / Elephant Village

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And it’s the weekend! Laid-back Surin is a great spot to spend a relaxing couple of days, with great markets, temples and Khmer ruins nearby. On Day 11, roll up your sleeves as you get ready to live alongside an elephant community on Surin’s outskirts. Over the next four days, help the local mahouts with daily tasks, including feeding and bathing the elephants (the best part of the day). (3B, 4L, 3D)

T H A I L A N D

Elephant Village

Day 15-21 Bangkok / Koh Tao

Surin

On Day 15, head back to Bangkok to enjoy Khao San Road’s bustling nightlife. The next day, take some time to relax, have a Thai massage or head to the shops. Check out of your hotel in the evening to catch the overnight transfer towards the beaches of Koh Tao. Arrive at lunchtime on Day 17 and waste no time in hitting the sand. Grab your spot, go snorkelling or opt to do an open water PADI diving course.

Bangkok

Koh Tao

Day 22-29 Koh Phangan / Bangkok

Project Start Date: Selected Fridays Project Location: Surin Getting There: Arrival transfer (BKK only) and transfer to project included Accommodation: Twin-share en suite in Bangkok (4 nts), multi-share in Surin (8 nts), multi-share homestay in Elephant Village (4 nts), overnight transport to Koh Tao (1 nt), twin or triple-share in Koh Tao with bathroom (5 nts), twin, triple or quad-share rooms in Koh Phangan (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Note: Grand Palace entry fee not included Trip Code: THIVOL

Koh Phangan

Start the adventure

An included boat transfer takes you to Koh Phangan today, Thailand’s most legendary party island. Choose to spend a week relaxing on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan or head to the famous Full Moon Party. On Day 28, return back to Bangkok for one final blow out on Khao San Road (if you’re up to it). The tour ends on Day 29. Do stay on if you’re not quite ready to leave - there's plenty to see! (B)

Exclusively for 18-35s

Small Group Adventure

Erawan Falls, Thailand

THAI TRIPPER NORTH Bangkok

$1,745

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Chiang Mai

9 DAYS

highlights

• Guided visit to Wat Arun • Kanchanaburi's historic sites

• See the Erawan Falls • Elephant Nature Park entry

The North of Thailand is a haven for travellers. Venturing into this part of the world sees you explore bustling cities and picturesque highlands. Over nine days, learn to cook like a pro, bask in the majesty of Bangkok's Grand Palace, take bike tours, eat your way around Pai's night markets and overnight on a floating jungle raft. This tour hits up Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Pai. Departs: Typically 2-3 departures per month Travel Style: In-Depth Explorer Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt), floating hotel (1 nt) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: Private coach, minivan, overnight train Tour Code: COTHNO

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TUK TUK AND HILLTRIBE ADVENTURE Chiang Mai

$566

FR

Chiang Mai

3 DAYS

highlights

• Drive your own tuk tuk • Karen jungle cooking class

• Karen hilltribe village stay • Doi Inthanon National Park

Ever dreamed of driving your very own tuk tuk? Well, you've come to the right place! In this short three-day trip, you'll navigate your way through gorgeous landscapes, trek in Doi Inthanon National Park and learn some top tuk tuk driving tips as you go. Plus, you'll spend both nights at some great locations. Enjoy the expertise of local guides all the way, participate in a Karen jungle cooking class, and experience life in a Karen hilltribe village. Departs: Typically 2 departures per month Accommodation: Camping (1 nt), rural lodge (1 nt) Meals: 3 lunches, 2 dinners Note: All drivers must bring an International Driving Permit with them Tour Code: CNXTU3

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THE TUK TUK CLUB 5 DAYS, Chiang Mai

$994

FR

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Learn to drive a tuk tuk • Bathe with Asian elephants • See Thailand's highest point

• Traditional Thai feasts • Explore hilltribe villages • Trek to mighty waterfalls

Day 1 Chiang Mai / Mae Wang

THAILAND

Your training to becoming a road-worthy tuk tuk driver begins at the Mae Wang base camp outside Chiang Mai. Get to grips with basics and then take her out for a test spin around the local temples. That evening, you'll feast on fantastic and authentic Thai food. (L, D)

Day 2 Mae Wang Today you'll build on the tuk tuk skills from yesterday before venturing a little further afield. Riding as a convoy, you'll cross beautiful countryside to a place where elephants roam free. Over lunch you'll learn about the history of the elephant home and there'll be chance to feed them, walk with them and bathe with the loveable grey giants. Then it’s time for a bit of bamboo rafting before heading back to base and another great Thai feast. (B, L, D)

inclusions Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Shared hotel (2 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Minivan, tuk tuk Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Group Leader: 2 tour guides Group Size: Max 15 Note: All drivers must bring an International Driving Permit with them Tour Code: CNXTU5

Let the wheels have a day off and begin to explore this forested national park by foot. An expert trekking guide will take you to the best viewpoints, show you a stunning waterfall and teach you about the people and wildlife in the surrounding area. Rest up that evening, enjoy a Thai feast, and transfer back to the city the next day. (2B, L, D)

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$2,451

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Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

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• Drive along mountain roads • Drive your very own tuk tuk • Explore the real Thailand

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Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon N.P.

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Day 4-5 Doi Inthanon National Park / Chiang Mai

Mae Wang

Jan

Start your engines as today the adventure steps up a notch! Travel in convoy through hill tribe villages and winding country roads to Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. There'll be plenty of Thai-style food stops en route, a good opportunity to fuel up and give your trusty tuk tuk a breather. Your accommodation is in an awesome hilltribe village – a great experience! (B, D)

Feb

Day 3 Doi Inthanon

• Feast on awesome food • Be part of a real adventure • See Myanmar border towns

Day 1-2 Chiang Mai / Mae Wang Transfer to your training base in Mae Wang and get to grips with some tuk tuk basics before tripping out to a local temple. Dine on a tasty Thai food in the evening. The next morning, do a bit more driver training then make the 20km journey to an elephant home. Here, you can get to know the great hunks of trunk by washing and feeding them, and then relax and enjoy bamboo rafting along the Mae Wang River. (B, 2L, 2D)

Day 3-4 Doi Inthanon National Park

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MYA N M A R ( B U R M A )

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Shared hotel (8 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Minivan, tuk tuk Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: 2 tour guides Group Size: Max 15 Note: All drivers must bring an International Driving Permit with them Tour Code: CNXT11

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All mountain roads lead to Pai, via a fascinating stop at Lod Caves. Once here, hang up the keys and give the tuk tuk a break. Explore local villages, caves and temples, or kick back and spend a well-earned day by the pool. Day 10, drop back down into the valley for a final ride to the original base camp where you'll dine with your group and say your farewells before leaving for Chiang Mai the next morning. (4B, D)

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Day 8-11 Pai / Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon N.P.

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Mae Wang

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Pai

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Back on the road as we head for riverside Mae Sariang on the Myanmar border. There'll be plenty of rest breaks as you pass under towering trees and over steep hills. Just think of the cold beer at the end! Pack your camera as we continue to another cultural melting pot near the border, Mae Hong Son. Enjoy a free day trekking, resting your legs or splashing about in the resort pool. (3B)

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Day 5-7 Mae Sariang / Mae Hong Son

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Test your tuk tuk talents with a winding drive up to Thailand's highest point, stopping at hilltop villages en route. Spend Day 4 trekking the forest trails and seeing mighty waterfalls in the surrounding National Park. (2B, L, 2D)

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Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, Bangkok

$510

FR

Chiang Mai

5 DAYS

highlights

• Bangkok klong (canal) tour • Wat Pho's reclining Buddha

• Raft on Mae Taeng River • Take a sleeper to Chiang Mai

AYUTTHAYA & CHIANG MAI EXPERIENCE 5 DAYS, Bangkok

$607

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Chiang Mai

5 DAYS

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• Drive tuk tuks in Thailand • Cycle through Ayutthaya

• Explore rural Chiang Mai • Help bathe elephants

Start in Bangkok, where age-old temples sit among towering air con malls, and walk among the neon lights of Khao San Road. The next day, travel through the city's klongs (canals) on a longtail boat and visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple before your overnight train to Chiang Mai. Here, explore the city on a bike tour, visit the Wiang Kum Kam ruins and trek to nearby hilltribe villages to mountain bike down dirt tracks and raft steamy jungle rivers.

From Bangkok, transfer to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya for a cycle tour and a full free day. After an overnight train to Chiang Mai, your tuk tuk training takes place in Mae Wang on Day 3. Set off towards an elephant sanctuary to lunch and bathe with the grey giants before swapping your tuk tuks for bamboo rafts. Float down the river, then jump back on the tuk tuk for one last downhill stretch behind the wheel. Transfer back to Chang Mai that evening.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), 2nd class multi-share cabin on an overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, bike, raft Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: English-speaking guide, tours and entry fees Tour Code: BKKCYC

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes: Entry fees, boat fees for listed activities, transfers with English-speaking guide, service charges Tour Code: BKKACM

NORTHERN THAILAND ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Bangkok

Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

Independent Tour

Ayutthaya, Thailand

Khao Sok, Thailand

$1,656

FR

14 DAYS

highlights

• Help bathe rescue elephants • See the ruins of Ayutthaya

• Go ziplining in the jungle • Mingle with hilltribe villagers

This tour will see you swimming at Erawan waterfalls, cycling around the ruins of Ayutthaya, and trekking through the Thai jungle. Get your thrills on a zipwire, and feed friendly giants at an elephant sanctuary. Hike or ride a bamboo raft through Thailand’s largest cave, the Lod Cave, and bathe in hot springs. Foodies will love the chance to learn to cook your favourite dishes in a Thai cooking class. Round off your trip relaxing at Chiang Mai Canyon. Departs: Typically 4-5 departures per month Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (12 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, train, longtail boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: BKKNOR

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NORTHERN ANDAMAN COAST ADVENTURE Bangkok

Phuket

• Snorkel in Chumporn • Explore exotic Khao Sok

$1,633

FR

10 DAYS

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• Swim in hot spring pools • Tropical birds in Khao Sok

Leave the chaos of the capital behind, and get outdoors! Visit Thailand's first marine national park and chill out in Chumporn for snorkelling, sunbathing and pretty beach walks. Ride to Ranong province to soak in open-air hot spring pools located in Ngao Waterfall National Park, before heading on to Rattanarangsan Palace and Kao Fachi. You'll also have the chance to explore Khao Sok, home to a variety of tropical plants and exotic birds. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfast, 2 lunches Transport: Air con vehicle, public bus, catamaran Note: Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis Tour Code: BKKNAC

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SOUTHERN THAILAND SOJOURN 8 DAYS, Bangkok

$799

FR

Koh Tao

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Relax riverside in Khao Sok • Cocktails in Koh Phangan • Try street food in Bangkok

• Snorkelling in Koh Tao • Hiking through forests • Plenty of hammock time

Day 1-2 Bangkok

Koh Phangan, Thailand

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Full Moon Party (GAATMP) 8 Days, Fr $999

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SOUTHERN THAILAND ADVENTURE 5 DAYS, Bangkok

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Khao Sok N.P.

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Koh Phangan

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Koh Tao

Jan

Hop on the ferry to laid back Koh Tao. Enjoy an included full-day snorkelling trip around some of the world's best reefs. Spend the next few days lazing around or, if you're feeling adventurous, opt to try scuba diving! Depart any time after breakfast on Day 8. (2B, L)

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Day 6-8 Koh Tao

Jul

Sail across to the full moon mecca of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. This backpacker paradise is full of beach bars, food stalls and incredible sunset spots. Spend the day exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming secret lagoons and hiking to white sand beaches. If the timing is right you might even catch an infamous Full Moon Party! (B)

Jun

Day 4-5 Koh Phangan

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), simple bungalows (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, tuk tuk, songthaew, taxi, ferry Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATSS

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If there was ever a place to put a hammock, it would be Khao Sok National Park. Watch monkeys bathe in the river, hike through one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and paddle around freshwater lakes. A paradise for outdoorsy types. (L)

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Day 3 Khao Sok National Park

$999

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Phuket

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• See Bangkok by longtail boat • Stay on a floating bungalow • Kayak in pristine waters

• Meet a giant Asian elephant • Overnight in the jungle • End on a sunny beach

Day 1 Bangkok Meet your guide in Thailand's captivating capital and go on a discovery tour of maze-like markets, hidden temples and Chinatown's characterful alleyways. After lunch, swap the tuk tuk for a longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River and check out Bangkok from the city's canals. Stop by canal-side cafés and galleries, visit a golden reclining Buddha and the beautiful Temple of Dawn, then limber up for an overnight night train to Surat Thani.

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Day 2 Khao Sok National Park

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Day 4-5 Khao Sok National Park / Phuket

Khao Sok N.P.

The morning begins with an optional kayak trip down Sok River where willing kayakers will be rewarded with wildlife sightings and stunning views. Head back to Phuket tonight for the final night out. Your tour ends in Phuket after breakfast on Day 5. Still not done? Join one of our Island Hopper trips (see page 64). (2B)

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After a traditional Thai breakfast you'll enjoy some free time, so feel free to squeeze in a morning swim before you get going. After that refreshing dip, it's time to meet Somboon, a retired elephant who now enjoys his days getting scrubbed at a mud spa. Learn about Somboon's story and take the opportunity to take part in his care routine - which might include planting sugarcane for his future meals - before dinner and drinks down by the river. (B, L)

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Day 3 Khao Sok National Park

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: 2/3* hotels (1 nt), floating bungalow resort (1 nt), twin share hostel (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Private air con van, boat, train Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour leader Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: BU

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Bangkok

Feb

Arrive in to Surat Thani this morning and transfer to Khao Sok National Park, home to wild elephants, hornbills and rare oxen. Tour Cheow Lan Lake by longtail boat before reaching your floating bungalow accommodation. After lunch, why not rent a kayak and explore more of the stunning limestone mountains that overhang the turquoise waters? Dinner tonight is right at the water's edge. (L, D)

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Arrive into Bangkok and head out with your new tour buds for a street food crawl! On Day 2, delight in Bangkok's countless pagodas, check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, practise your haggling skills at one of the city's many markets or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before jumping on an overnight train south. Head on a street food crawl with your group today, or another day of the tour. (B)


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Ao Nang

Small Group Adventure

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• Sleep in a floating rafthouse • Snorkel in Koh Chuek • Doi Suthep National Park

• Ayutthaya's historic sites • Hit Bangkok's nightlife • Emerland Cave of Koh Mook

Welcome to bustling Bangkok! Kick start on Day 2 with a trip to Kanchanaburi and spend the night aboard a floating rafthouse. Enjoy trips to the Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai the following day. Day 4, you'll journey on to Ayutthaya to visit the historic sites of the old capital. Choose to discover the Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum while you're at it. (3B, D) Ayutthaya, Thailand

Day 5-9 Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai / Bangkok / Koh Ngai

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Buckle up - you're now on to Koh Lanta by ferry. Have a beach barbie with your group and choose to take a day trip to the nearby Koh Rok. Next day, hop on a ferry to Ao Nang in Krabi where you'll have some free time to explore. And you won't be stuck for things to do, with activities including snorkelling, diving, kayaking, jungle trekking, rock climbing, white water rafting and quad biking on offer. (3B, D)

Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses (11 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, air con bus/ minivan, plane, longtail boat, ferry Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $150195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATNW

Choose to take a day trip to the idyllic Railay Beach, recognisable for its huge limestone karst formations. From here you can choose to hop on a boat excursion, hike, or get your walking boots on for some excellent climbing opportunities. Or, just have a snorkel to see what's out there. Day 14 marks the last day of your trip. (2B)

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Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore Bangkok's markets • Visit the reclining Buddha • Overnight on a rafthouse

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It's a full free day in Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. The following day, opt to wander the beautiful Doi Inthanon National Park, home to 363 different bird species, or sample a traditional 100-year old egg (it's a thing, really), before visiting Doi Suthep National Park in the afternoon. Day 7, fly to Bangkok and make the most of its whirlwind nightlife. The next day, fly on to Trang and board a ferry to the Koh Ngai, a mini paradise. Here, choose to snorkel or trek rainforest trails to abandoned beaches. The next day, enjoy an included snorkelling trip to the nearby Koh Chuek and experience the incredible Emerald Cave of Koh Mook. (4B)

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Day 1-4 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / Ayutthaya

• Swim near Erawan Falls • Free time in Ayutthaya • Discover Chiang Mai

Day 1 Bangkok Let the adventure begin! Arrive at any time and get your first taste of Bangkok. From backpacker pubs and lavish rooftop bars to luxury shopping malls and open-air markets - the city is as eclectic as they come, with chaos to match! Make the most of the frenetic atmosphere, and return to base to meet the rest of your group this evening. Bangkok, Thailand

Day 2-3 Kanchanaburi Make the short journey from the streets of Bangkok to the leafy surrounds of Kanchanaburi, where you'll spend the night aboard a floating rafthouse. On Day 3, enjoy a day at the spectacular Erawan Falls, with the option to hike into the jungle to spot the resident monkeys, and visit the Bridge on the River Kwai to learn about the cruel history of the Thai-Burma railway project. (2B, D)

Day 4-5 Ayutthaya

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Travel to Ayutthaya, and enjoy two days at leisure to explore the city's historical sites such as the Chan Kasem National Museum, a former palace and now home to an extensive collection of artefacts, and Wat Chaiwattanarm temple. As the former capital of Siam (1350-1767) there are plenty of ruins to explore to get a taste for the city's former glory. Board an overnight train north to Chiang Mai on Day 5. (2B)

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Day 6-7 Chiang Mai This charming northern city is bursting with sights, including dozens of temples, a famous night market and cooking classes aplenty. Start with an included visit to Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple on Mt. Doi Suthep. After you've worked up a sweat climbing the 300 steps to the top, be rewarded with breathtaking views. Depart at any time on Day 7. (B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 1 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, private van Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATNR

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This trip is perfect for first-timers, or actually anyone who wants to see Thailand without having a huge amount of time to spare. Hit Bangkok's crazy nightlife, stay in a floating bungalow in Khao Sok National Park, take a boat to the Full Moon Party of Koh Phangan and chill out in paradise. Not bad. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Local guide Group Size: Min 4, Max 22 Tour Code: BKKINT

inclusions Accommodation: En suite guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), floating bungalow (1 nt), en suite beach bungalow (4 nts) Transport: Train, bus, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinners

Touch down in the electrified capital of Bangkok. Be greeted by your group leader and transfer to the guesthouse to rest up and meet the rest of your group. The following morning, jump aboard a river cruise to take in the city's ornate shrines and opulent temples from the water. See the enormous reclining Buddha of Wat Pho (the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok) and the Khmer-style spires of Wat Arun. Then jump back on land and take a tuk tuk around some of Bangkok's most revered sights. Hold on to your hats as you zig zag through busy market streets and traffic-filled laneways. It's then time to freshen up, grab a beer and sample the famous bucket-fuelled nightlife!

Day 3-4 Bangkok / Khao Sok National Park Learn the secrets of preparing Thai food with a traditional cooking class in the capital. You'll eat whatever you create so go easy with the spice! Later, it's all aboard the comfortable overnight train south to Khao Sok National Park. Expect to discover cascading waterfalls, colossal limestone cliffs and dense rainforest. On arrival, check in to a floating bungalow for the night and spend your time kayaking on freshwater lakes, tubing between limestone cliffs and go monkey spotting in the surrounding jungle. Home to tigers, gibbons and rare plant species, this region of dense virgin jungle is a natural wonderland, the perfect pre-cursor to a few days of beach-bumming. (2L, D)

Day 5-6 Khao Sok National Park / Koh Phangan Catch a boat to the Full Moon Party mecca of Koh Phangan. Home to countless beaches, vast areas of inland jungle and more bars than you can shake a bucket of Sangsom at, it's no surprise that this party-centric paradise is a firm favourite with backpackers from all over the world. Spend the next two days living the island lifestyle. Bed down in beachside bungalows, snorkel around in pristine waters and chill out with a well-earned Thai massage. If timed right you may even catch one of the world-renowned beach parties so prepare yourself for a full night of festivities. Bring face paint and be prepared to lose the odd flip flop. The sea is your perfect hangover cure, so be sure to get plenty of swimming done in those refreshing waters. (B)

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• Visit ancient temples • Beach time in Koh Phangan • Stay in floating bungalows

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Day 7-9 Koh Phangan Catch a longtail boat out to some of the island's most beautiful bays and beaches. Make the most of the snorkelling opportunities and splash around under the island's waterfalls. On Day 8, choose between learning the art of Muay Thai kick boxing with pro trainers or bring some peace and harmony to your busy itinerary with a private yoga class. Later, enjoy a goodbye dinner and a massive beach party - just the ticket! Your tour ends on Day 9 where you can choose to stay in your beachside bungalows and continue enjoying some R&R or return to the lively Bangkok. Want more time in paradise? Check out our longer trips in the Like That? Try This... box to the right. (B, L)

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THAILAND ISLAND HOPPING - WEST COAST 8 DAYS, Bangkok

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Ao Nang

Small Group Adventure

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• Visit Thailand's top beaches • Swim in crystal clear waters • Plenty of free time to relax

• Discover diverse marine life • Enjoy a beach barbecue • Included snorkelling trip

Arrive in Bangkok at any time, where you're free to discover the many markets, shopping centres and temples before meeting your group this evening. Don't worry too much about adjusting to the frantic pace of Bangkok if you're not up for it; the rest of the week is going to be peachy (and beachy).

Day 2-5 Koh Ngai / Koh Lanta

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Let the island vibes commence. Pack your swimmers and your least-crumpled sun hat and board your included flight to Trang. After landing, take a ferry to the tiny island of Koh Ngai. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and framed by dense jungle, this place really is paradise. Opt to go trekking, snorkelling or simply kick back with a drink in your hand on the beach. The next day, enjoy an included snorkelling trip to nearby Koh Chuek and discover the Emerald Cave of Koh Mook (surely one of the area's most beaut islands?). On Day 4, take a ferry to the secluded island of Koh Lanta, well off of the tourist trail. Enjoy plenty of chill out time here and tuck in to a beach barbecue with your group. The next day, opt to visit the unspoiled island of Koh Rok for some great snorkelling. (4B, D)

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Day 6-8 Ao Nang (Krabi)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Air con bus/minivan, longtail boat, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTW

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Hop aboard the ferry to Ao Nang today and enjoy plenty of free time to explore. This scenic region boasts plenty of high octane activities, so if you're looking for a slice of adventure you won't be disappointed. Choose from scuba diving, climbing, jungle trekking, white water rafting and quad biking, then opt to visit Railay Beach on a day trip. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea, lush jungle and imposing rock faces. It's an area not to be missed while you're in the region. Opt to go snorkelling or get the adrenalin going with some rock climbing. Your trip ends on Day 8 and you're free to depart at any time after breakfast. (3B)

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THAILAND ISLAND HOPPING - EAST COAST 8 DAYS, Bangkok

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Koh Tao

Small Group Adventure

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• Relax on beautiful beaches • Included snorkelling trip • Optional Full Moon Party

• Get out and explore Bangkok • Enjoy free time in Koh Samui • Hit Koh Tao's beach bars

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Koh Samui Arrive in Thailand's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. If you've got time to spare, get out and visit the city's cultural treasures, including the ancient Buddhist temple of Wat Saket, the Grand Palace and the backpacker haunt of Khao San Road. On Day 2, catch a flight to the city of Surat Thani and board a ferry to the tropical island of Koh Samui. Kick back and relax on the beach, opt to visit the golden Buddha at Wat Phra Yai Temple or opt to go snorkelling in the picture-perfect Ang Thong Marine Park. (2B)

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Travel by ferry today to Koh Tao, otherwise known as Turtle Island. Although it's noted as the smallest of the Gulf Islands, it sure packs a punch. This is also the place to come if you're looking to get in some diving. Not only is it one of the world's cheapest places to learn how to dive, but it's also a great place if you're looking for an opportunity to spot migrating whale sharks. This is one of the few places where they can be spotted all year round, with high season thought to be Mar-May and Oct-Dec. So plan accordingly if that's high on your list. Enjoy an included snorkelling trip to Koh Nang Yuan, then grab a drink or two in some of the island's beach bars that evening. After you're sufficiently relaxed and recuperated, head off on Day 8, or stay on to milk the sunshine and hedonistic vibes. (3B, L)

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Day 6-8 Koh Tao

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Local bus, minivan/bus, boat, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $90120 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATBE

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Hop aboard the ferry to the nearby island of Koh Phangan. Famous for its lively Full Moon Party, the island attracts like-minded travellers from all over the globe. Explore the island's waterfalls, go swimming in crystal clear lagoons, go hiking in the island's jungle interior or simply chill out on the beach. If it's the right time of the month, head to Haad Rin beach and let loose at the famous Full Moon Party. Up to 30,000 people show up at certain times of year, so you'll be in good company if you're down for neon paints, dancing in the sand and cocktails by the buckets. (2B)

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THAILAND ISLAND HOPPER 14 DAYS, Bangkok

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Phuket

Small Group Adventure

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• See Bangkok by longail boat • Khao Sok National Park • Overnight in beach huts

• Enjoy a fire show • Sunset boa trip in Maya May • Swim with phosphorescence

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SOUTHERN THAILAND BEACHES AND JUNGLE 15 DAYS, Phuket

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Phuket

Independent Tour

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• Free time in Phuket • Beach-hop by speedboat • Beach time in Koh Samui

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Get ready for a sunset boat trip round the islands and swim with glow-in-the-dark plankton, a magical experience. On Day 13, transfer over to Phuket for a final evening of shenanigans, where your trip will end the next day. (L)

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Travel around Koh Phangan, snorkel the hotspots and see the Than Sadet waterfall (seasonal). Day 8, take a ferry to Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, where you'll sleep for the next two nights. Get a chance to see the amazing island of Koh Nang Yuan, where you can snorkel and trek up to some cool beaches and bays. Head on a pub crawl on your first night, and spend Day 10 relaxing (perhaps nursing a sore head) in Tanote Bay before heading on to the famous Phi Phi islands. (2L, D)

Accommodation: Twin-share guesthouse, beach huts and floating bungalows (12 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: All transfers included Meals: 1 breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 20 Includes: Airport pick-up, Chao Phraya River cruise, Thai massage, Koh Phangan boat trip, sunset pool party, Muay Thai lesson Tour Code: BKKTIH

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Day 7-10 Koh Phangan / Koh Tao

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Bangkok

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Head to your floating bungalows via longtail boat, stopping en route for a dip. Have a go at kayaking or lie back on a tube with the limestone mountains in view. Set your alarms early next day as you're heading to Koh Phangan for a little piece of paradise - Bottle Beach. Sleep in scenic beach huts overlooking the glistening ocean, and gear up for some volleyball. Enjoy your own fire show that evening! Day 6, enjoy a free morning before limbering up with some Muay Thai. (B, L, D)

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Day 4-6 Khao Sok National Park / Koh Phangan

• Overnight in a treehouse • Cheow Lan Lake tour • Visit an elephant centre

Day 1-3 Phuket Your first three days will be spent at leisure on Thailand's largest island, Phuket. Despite huge developments in tourism over the last few decades, the island still boasts striking beaches and brilliant snorkelling and diving opportunities. (2B)

Day 4-6 Krabi Khao Sok, Thailand

Transfer unguided to Krabi and check in to your hotel. On Day 5, you'll explore four beautiful islands off the coast of Ao Nang by speedboat. Experience the marine environment of Railay Beach, one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. Continue to Chicken Island (named for a chicken-head-shaped rock rather than any poultry-based activity) and enjoy free time for snorkelling and sunbathing. After lunch overlooking the Tap Islands, your final stop will be the white beaches and coralled waters of Poda Island. Spend Day 6 at leisure. (2B, L)

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Day 7-9 Koh Samui Transfer from Ao Nang to Surat Thani and continue by ferry to Koh Samui. With beaches like these, you could easily be forgiven for spending all your free time here on the sand, saving all your energy for flagging down the odd drink-seller and masseur. For a change of scenery, make your way to the Ang Thong National Marine Park in the Samui archipelago, or to the drinking holes of Chaweng. (3B)

Day 10-15 Khao Sok / Khao Lak / Phuket

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Transfer to Khao Sok National Park and drop your bags at your treehouse. Over the next two days, enjoy a canoe trip on the Klong Sok River and head out on a full-day tour of the incredible Cheow Lan Lake: hiking, cave exploring and wildlife-spotting included! On Day 12, it's on to Khao Lak to join in at the community-based Elephant Encounter experience, followed by a dolphin cruise the next day. Spend your last full day at leisure before returning to Phuket on Day 15. (6B, 4L, D)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), treehouse at Our Jungle Camp (2 nts) Transport: Air con van Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner Group Size: Min 2 Includes: Entry fees as per itinerary, sightseeing as per itinerary, service charges, English-speaking guide, drinking water Note: Khao Sok National Park entry is not included Tour Code: HKTSTB

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It's Bangkok bound! Transfer to your hotel, settle in with your group, and get a feel for this exciting city. Head out that evening to the lively Khao San Road for drinks. Next day, hop on a boat and explore the capital by longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River. Get the chance to see two temples (Wat Arun and Wat Pho) including the giant gold reclining Buddha statue. Start strong on Day 3 with a traditional Thai massage before bedding down on an overnight train for Khao Sok National Park.


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d n a l i Tha sail away, sail away Get out there and hop from one idyllic Thai island to the next! This mesmerising corner of Asia is graced with sunshine, rugged landscapes, mouth-watering Thai cuisine and azure snorkelling hotspots. Lower the anchor and spend nights under the stars at these well-known and off the radar islands in a catamaran, complete with an experienced skipper. Get face to face with southern Thailand and prepare to enjoy a little slice of paradise!

What's life like at Sea? SMALL GROUP SAILING

Meet your home at sea, a 25m sailing catamaran with ample lounge space for up to 18 passengers. You'll be taken care of by an experienced skipper, a dedicated CEO, and a personal chef who will whip up fresh Thai feasts for you every day. Cosy cabins are spread across two hulls, there's a dining area, and a sun deck where, let's face it, you'll spend most your time! ITINERARIES

JAMES BOND ISLAND PHANG NGA

KRABI KOH YAO YAI

RAILAY BEACH

KOH KHAI NAI PHUKET

These itineraries (see page 61) allow you to explore the Andaman Sea without a worry in the world. You'll sail to pristine islands and the region's best snorkelling spots, waking up in a new paradise every day. Cruise for seven days or opt for a quick three-night taste – the choice is yours! We've shown three of the options available, please ask us for more details. RELAXING NIGHTS

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By night, you'll anchor up in the most beautiful bays and picturesque harbours. Sleep in your bunk or camp out on the deck under a blanket of stars.

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There's always an opportunity to get involved if you've ever fancied yourself as a crew member. Pick up the basics of sailing from the skipper, or just sit back and let your shipmates take the wheel. MEALS & FOOD KITTY

Enjoy traditional Thai and international meals, freshly prepared with local produce, by your on-board cook. A range of reasonably-priced drinks are available for purchase on board the vessel. When meals aren't included, you can dine on shore.


SAILING THAILAND 4 DAYS, Phuket

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Koh Phi Phi Small Group Adventure

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• Snorkel in crystal-clear waters • Sail past stunning island scenery • Relax on secluded beaches

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Departs: Sat (Jan-May) Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Twin-share or double cabin in catamaran (3 nts) Transport: Catamaran Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $20-30 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, skipper, assistant/ cook Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATSK

Meet your group and skipper at 3pm and start your Thai sailing adventure. Once the anchor's up, time is yours to suntan on deck and swim under the stars before overnighting in a remote location. Next day, visit Khao Phing Kan, popularly known as James Bond Island ('The Man with the Golden Gun' was filmed here) in idyllic Phang Nga Bay. Set sail again in the to Railay Beach, famous for its rock-climbing options as well as a thriving nightlife scene. Day 3, head for Koh Haa, part of a national park, and soak up this scenic location, known for its beautiful lagoons and caverns. A top spot of diving fans and budding photographers! On your final day, sail towards the beautiful Phi Phi Islands. Prepare for a snorkel stop in Monkey Bay and the unmatchable beauty of Koh Phi Phi Beach. Your adventure finishes on arrival at Ton Sai Bay.

SAILING THAILAND 4 DAYS, Koh Phi Phi

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Phuket Small Group Adventure • Explore hidden bays • Kip under starry night skies • Snorkel in coral-filled waters

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Departs: Tue (Jan-May) Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Twin-share or double cabin in catamaran (3 nts) Transport: Catamaran Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $20-30 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, skipper, assistant/ cook Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATSH

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• Wine and dine in local restaurants • Free time to relax on the beaches • Swim into beautiful Phang Nga Bay

Meet your fellow sailors and skipper at 3pm in Koh Phi Phi before setting sail for Phi Phi Leh. Stop for a swim before bedding down in a unique location, your first experience of one of the region's remote settings. Sail on to the island of Raja Noi and make the most of some snorkelling time amongst kaleidoscopic marine life, hop on a kayak and paddle around, or simply have a refreshing dip in the ocean. Day 3, continue to the tiny island of Kaoh Yao Yai where you can swim and snorkel as much as your heart desires! In the evening, you can choose to group up with your fellow travellers and have dinner on the island. Get started early on Day 4 as you depart for Phuket before lunch. After a swim stop, arrive into Yacht Haven Marina just before lunch where your adventure ends on arrival.

SAILING THAILAND 7 DAYS, Phuket

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Phuket Small Group Adventure

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• Chill out on the top deck • Visit 'James Bond Island' • Take a trip to the Gypsy village

Koh Poda, Thailand

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Departs: Sat (Jan-May) Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 16 Accommodation: Twin-share or double cabin in catamaran (6 nts) Transport: Catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: Allow USD $20-30 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, skipper, assistant/ cook Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATSA

• Kick back and relax in Railay Beach • See the cliffs of Monkey Bay • Snorkel beautiful coral reefs

Meet your fellow sailors and skipper at 3pm today. Next day, set sail to Khao Phing Kan for a visit to the world-famous 'James Bond Island' and continue on to pretty Railay Beach where you can have dinner. Set your sights on the pristine Koh Haa on Day 3, part of a national park, and enjoy some free time. Next day, set sail again, go snorkelling in Monkey Bay, and pay a visit to its world-famous cliffs. Meet your crew in Koh Phi Phi that afternoon for a swim. On Day 5, sail on to the remote island of Raja Noi and snorkel among some of the island's most amazing marine life. Sightings of manta rays are not unheard of here, and swimming with them can be an incredible experience. The following day you'll sail to the island of Koh Yao Yai, where you can opt to head for dinner. Sail to the harbour on Day 7 where your trip sadly ends.

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• Follow in James Bond's footsteps • Enjoy Railay's popular nightlife • Visit famous Koh Phi Phi


THAI ISLAND HOPPER WEST 8 DAYS, Phuket

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snapshot Hop from the city of Phuket to the famous getaway of Koh Phi Phi to chill out on white beaches or canoe its clear waters. Finish up in Krabi where dramatic scenery will leave you with lasting memories of eight days in paradise.

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COTIPH

inclusions Accommodation: 3* and 4* hotels/ resorts (7 nts) Transport: Local ferry, minivan Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

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Apr

• See the sun set over the Andaman Sea • Admire the stunning views in Ao Nang • Climb the steps to Tiger Cave Temple

Mar

• Explore atmospheric night markets • Watch a sunset at a Koh Phi Phi lookout • Experience Patong's nightlife

Feb

highlights

Jan

Departures 2019/20

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 1-2 Phuket Arrive into the beach-fringed island of Phuket. Get settled at your hotel before heading out to explore Phuket's exotic sights. In the evening, you'll meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers. Then head out for some tasty Thai food together and explore Patong's pulsing nightlife. There's a reason it's so famous! You'll have the pick of the beaches on Day 2, so choose carefully or try out as many as you can! If you're looking for shopping and bar hopping, head for Patong Beach. Or, if you're looking for someplace quieter with the option of watersports, try the powdery sands of Karon or Kata Beach. After something different? Visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, take a dip in Bang Pae Waterfall, check out the shrines in Phuket Town or opt to join a Thai cooking class. (B)

Day 3-4 Koh Phi Phi Chat with the locals as you board a ferry and travel to picturesque Phi Phi Island, the famous setting of the movie 'The Beach'. Take a stroll around the island to get your bearings and end with an unbeatable panoramic sunset. Later, head out on the town and stop in various beachside bars, soaking up the atmosphere of Phi Phi by night. With the free days, there's no rush to do anything. Opt to sail around the island's hot spots on a day cruise – sunbathe in secluded bays, swim in warm Andaman waters, and snorkel off the reefs of Bamboo Island looking for Nemo and co. There's even a stop at Monkey Island, famed for its growing population of cute furry inhabitants. Otherwise, you'd be forgiven for simply finding a sunny spot to plonk yourself down and work on your tan. Tonight, kick back and relax as you watch the sunset and make yourself comfortable at one of the island's inviting beachside bars. (2B, D)

Day 5-7 Krabi (Ao Nang) Set among towering limestone karsts, Krabi is home to a wide variety of unspoiled islands and beautiful beaches. Today, you'll sail to one of the most popular beaches in the region – Ao Nang. Sure, it's been developed over the years, but the natural scenery cuts through all that. Tree-covered karsts still rise from the emerald waters, and there are brilliant snorkelling spots within easy reach of the shore. Enjoy an included meal at the hotel in the evening, then party the night away in the ever-popular Bar Street. Day 7 is yours to spend at leisure. Perch yourself on the sand, take a boat trip out to isolated island of Rai Leh or, to really hit the heights, try climbing the 1,260 steps to the amazing view at the Tiger Cave Temple. If you're a certified diver, there are some great spots nearby where you can don your gear and head underwater. (3B, D)

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T H A I L A N D

Day 8 Phuket Get up early to make the most out of your morning on the island before heading back to Phuket, where your trip sadly comes to an end. Choose to travel to the airport or back to the starting point hotel in Phuket. (B)

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THAI ISLAND HOPPER EAST 9 DAYS, Koh Samui

$1,275

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Koh Samui

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Explore the islands' marine life • Chill out on powdery beaches • Bargain hunt in local markets

• Party on Koh Phangan • Take on Chaweng nightlife • Feast on delicious Thai cuisine

Day 1-3 Koh Samui

Koh Tao, Thailand

inclusions

THAI TRIPPER SOUTH 8 DAYS, Bangkok

Mar 20

Feb 20

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$2,235

FR

Phuket

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Free night in Bangkok • Cheow Lan Lake cruise • Fab Khao Sok accommodation

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Koh Samui

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Koh Phangan

This morning, opt for a cruise and follow an in-the-know local to the island's best private beaches and swimming spots, then set sail to Koh Phangan. Get your face paint on at one of the island’s legendary Full Moon Parties (specific trip dates only) and spend the next two days at leisure. Sip fresh coconut on a palm-fringed beach, head to Haad Yao Beach for a quiet swim or poach a much-sought-after hammock and relax with a beer and a book. By night, there's always something going on, whether it's a form of Full Moon/Half Moon/New Moon Party (delete as appropriate) or otherwise. On Day 9, say 'la gon' to Koh Phangan and return to Koh Samui, with an included transfer to the airport or to the starting hotel. Alternatively, extend your stay on Koh Phangan. Now, there's an idea... (4B, D)

Apr

Day 6-9 Koh Tao / Koh Phangan / Koh Samui

Mar

T H A I L A N D

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels/resorts (5 nts), bungalows (3 nts) Transport: Local ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COTIKS

Feb

Koh Tao

Cruise to nearby Koh Tao this morning, a small, jungle-topped island with spectacular underwater scenery. Think vibrant coral reefs, never-closing bars and laid-back beaches. On arrival, take an orientation walk before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. Then, it's time for dinner on the beach. The next day is completely free, so rent a snorkel and fins and go explore the island's fantastic marine life. Alternatively, seek out its incredible viewpoints and travel into the hills on foot. (2B, D)

Jan

Day 4-5 Koh Samui / Koh Tao

• Optional snorkelling • Night out on Bangla Road • Explore the Phuket coast

Day 1 Bangkok Touch down in Thailand's capital, check in to your hotel and try to get in some DIY exploring. Go for a massage, take a walk to find your feet (getting used to the city pace can take some time!) or lie by the pool to catch the first of that tropical sunshine. Later, meet your group back at base and use the night to enjoy an authentic pad Thai as well as the nightlife of Khao San Road. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Day 2-3 Khao Sok National Park

Today, the beach is calling! The ultimate tropical vibes await you on the charming island of Koh Lanta, popular with Europeans and Asians alike thanks to its long beaches. Jump off the ferry and slip right into island life with unlimited sun and swimming. On Day 5, opt for a snorkelling cruise exploring the crystal clear water of the coast, and enjoy the island's expanding party scene. (2B)

Day 6-8 Phuket Get back on the boat and make for your last stop - Phuket. Feel free to treat yourself to a traditional massage in the afternoon before kicking things up a notch on Bangla Road this evening. On Day 7, choose to explore coastal caves and limestone karsts, and find time to squeeze in some shopping in Phuket Town before the trip comes to an end on Day 8. (3B)

T H A I L A N D

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts), riverside cottage (2 nts) Transport: Private air con coach, minivan, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch Group Leader: Trip Manager and local guides Tour Code: COTHSO

Khao Sok N.P.

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Day 4-5 Koh Lanta

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Feb 20

Bangkok

Jan 20

After breakfast, board a plane south to Khao Sok National Park. After landing, head to Cheow Lan Lake for the day for an included cruise, as well as some free time for kayaking and swimming. Tonight, check in to your special riverside accommodation in the Khao Sok jungle, followed by a full free day to enjoy your lush surroundings. Opt to go swimming or tubing by the riverside, or grab your canoe for a paddle down the Sok River. (2B, L)

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Arrive at the paradise isle of Koh Samui, check in to your hotel then hit the streets to explore the region, surrounded by beaches, sparkling seas and tasty food. Later, meet the rest of your group before heading out for a Thai meal and a dose of the Chaweng nightlife. With two full free days of your own, you can afford to seek out the perfect sun spot at one of Koh Samui's beaches. Most of them offer incredible snorkelling, sea kayaking trips and great watersports opportunities. Alternatively, opt for a tour of the island to see beautiful lagoons, refreshing waterfalls and giant 15m Buddha statues. And take full advantage of the wallet-friendly massages! (2B)


THAI ISLAND FLEXI-HOPPER 9 DAYS-4 MONTHS, Phuket

$649

FR

Phuket

highlights

• Relax on beautiful beaches • Hidden gem of Koh Lanta • Swim to a secret location

• Visit Railay Beach • Enjoy a Koh Phi Phi sunset • Haggle at night markets

Arrive into Phuket today and head out for a wander before getting to know your fellow island-hoppers over a few optional drinks and dinner. On Day 2, you're free to sunbathe, enjoy watersports or explore the island's hidden caves and lagoons. Save some energy for the evening, you won't want to miss out on the saucy nightlife of Bangla Road. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Day 3-4 Koh Phi Phi Catch the ferry over to stunning Koh Phi Phi where your Tour Leader will give you the lowdown as you head up to a fantastic sunset lookout. Tonight, head out with your group for dinner, followed by a few drinks (or buckets). On Day 4, it's another beach and another opportunity to snorkel with multi-coloured fish, as well as seeing the monkeys on the creatively-named Monkey Beach.

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T H A I L A N D

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Mar 20

Feb 20

Jan 20

Dec

$569

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Koh Samui

• Full or Half Moon Party • Snorkel in secret spots • Go jungle trekking

Nov

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THAI ISLANDS FLEXI MOON PARTY 7 DAYS, Koh Samui

Oct

Sep

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Jul

Departures 2019/20 Jun

Koh Lanta

Jan

Travel by ferry to Krabi for a two-night stay in Ao Nang. Itching to explore? Krabi is packed with activity options. Opt to catch a boat to beautiful Railay beach, enjoy panoramic views at the Tiger Cave Temple or relax in cascading hot springs. Ao Nang can get quite lively so don't miss an optional last night out at an amazing Thai restaurant and party the night away at the bar. Return to Phuket on Day 9, where the trip comes to an end.

May

Koh Phi Phi

Day 7-9 Ao Nang (Krabi) / Phuket

Apr

Ao Nang

Phuket

Mar

Head off the well-trodden path to the relatively undiscovered island of Koh Lanta. If you're feeling adventurous, take a jungle trek to see the nearby waterfalls, or swim through an 85m cave to a hidden beach - which, in fairness, sounds like a pretty cool entrance.

Feb

Day 5-6 Koh Lanta

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Pay as you go (8 nts) in recommended bungalows, hostels and hotels (dorm or private rooms). Book online (log-in details will be provided after booking) Transport: Ferry, private transfers between recommended accommodation/ports, transfer to Phuket Airport or Patong Meals: Not included Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: BU

highlights

• Watch beautiful sunsets • Explore secluded beaches • Chill out on Koh Tao

Day 1-2 Koh Samui / Koh Phangan For those that arrive early into Koh Samui, why not get out and explore all that this action-packed island has to offer? Head to waterfalls buried deep in the jungle, visit the giant Buddha statue overlooking the island's coast or settle down by the cheeky Grandma and Grandpa rocks down by Lamai. Why cheeky? You'll see when you get there! Meet your fellow travellers this evening then catch the ferry the next day to Koh Phangan. This afternoon, explore the island with your guide.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Day 3-4 Koh Phangan

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Mar 20

T H A I L A N D

Cross over to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, perhaps best-known for its affordable scuba diving. Do a one-off dive or spend a bit of time getting your open water diving licence. If the underwater world isn't your thing, the island itself is pretty cool, too, with great hiking trails showing off the island's natural beauty and flourishing rainforest. You could also sign yourself up for yoga classes or Thai boxing. Alternatively, café and bar hop around town or take a longtail boat out to the gorgeous Nang Yuan Island. On Day 6, opt for a half-day snorkelling trip to the island's kaleidoscopic coral reefs. On Day 7, head back to Koh Samui where your trip comes to an end.

Feb 20

Day 5-7 Koh Tao / Koh Samui

Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Pay as you go (6 nts) in recommended bungalows, hostels and hotels (dorm or private rooms). Book online (log-in details will be provided after booking) Transport: Local ferry, private transfers between recommended accommodation options and ports, transfer to Chaweng or Koh Samui Airport Meals: Not included Group Leader: Tour Leader Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: BU

Jan 20

Koh Tao

Feb

Koh Phangan is activity central, so make the most of the kite surfing, wakeboarding and stand up paddleboarding opportunities with a free day on Day 3. This evening, it's party time! Get your UV rave paint on then head to either the Full Moon or Half Moon Party. It's time to let loose and have some fun! The next day is a free day for you to recover from that inevitable hangover. Who's off to the beach?

Jan

THAILAND

Day 1-2 Phuket

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THE MARBLE TEMPLE

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VICTORY MONUMENT

BANGKOK NATIONAL MUSEUM AMULET MARKET

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Golden palaces, giant Buddhas, floating markets and magnificent porcelain-laid spires… you've never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Aside from bar hopping and eating as much pad Thai as you possibly can on Khao San Road, there's plenty to do here. Whether it's temples, palaces, shrines or markets you want to explore, Bangkok ticks all the right boxes. No wonder many backpackers kick off their Asian adventure here!

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Glampacker

MAD MONKEY

$23 $34

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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LUB'D SIAM SQUARE & SILOM

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Location: Right in the heart of the action, just minutes away from the lively Khao San Road.

Location: Two locations. One in the heart of the Siam Shopping district, the other in the vibrant district of Silom.

Vibe: Fun loving sociable hostel bringing you clean and comfortable rooms, and general good times.

Vibe: Bright backpackers haunts with fun sociable areas and plenty of activities on offer.

Highlights: Private rooms and mixed dorms • Security lockers • Air con • 2 pools • Bar • Restaurant • Steam Room • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed or female only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Bar • Cinema room • Luggage storage • Backpacker by STA travel store

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Glampacker

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PRINCE THEATRE HERITAGE STAY HOTEL

$13

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DORM

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JOSH HOTEL

$56 $28

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Glampacker

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BUDDY BOUTIQUE INN

$70 $35

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Location: A 1900s film theatre on Charoenkrung Road.

Location: On Soi Ari, surrounded by creative spaces and trendy bars.

Location: Around the corner from Khao San Road and close to big attractions.

Vibe: A film buff's dream, with film-inspired mocktails served in the cinema room.

Vibe: A bit of a trendsetter. Think urban chic and sleek design.

Vibe: For Khao San Road heads who don't want to go back to backpacker basics.

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Movie nights • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • Free use of rooftop pool at Buddy Lodge

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Rock Solid

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BANGKOK CHA-DA HOTEL

$66 $33

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

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W22 HOTEL BY BURASARI

$66 $33

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Rock Solid

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

BUDDY LODGE

$101 $51

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Close to Hua Lamphong MRT, ideal for anyone set on seeing the Old Town.

Location: Right in the action of the Khao San strip, close to various bars and clubs.

Vibe: Mid-range hotel combining modern design with traditional Thai hospitality.

Vibe: Basic rooms, and homely common areas with a retro feel.

Vibe: Excellent value hotel with a rooftop pool and social spots for a beer or two.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Room service • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop bar • Restaurant • 24-hour reception • Free bottle of water

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Sauna • Gym

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Rock Solid

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BKKBUD

Rock Solid

$95 $48

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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IBIS STYLES BANGKOK KHAO SAN VIENGTAI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$130 $65

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, only a short shuttle ride from the nearest Skytrain station.

Location: Surrounded by 200 year old buildings of the Old Town, a block from the action of Khao San Road and near the Grand Palace.

Vibe: Casual, contemporary hotel offering peace and space in an otherwise crowded city.

Vibe: Comfy, brightly-coloured rooms and funky outdoor spaces, perfect for a short stopover or a longer stay.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Luggage storage • Massage services • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle to Skytrain station

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NOUVO CITY HOTEL

BKKKHA

Class Act

$135 $74

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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MODE SATHORN HOTEL

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$162 $81

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Next to Banglamphu Canal in Old Bangkok City, a ten-minute walk from Khao San Road.

Location: A 15-minute drive from Silom Road, and just across from the Surasak BTS Skytrain station.

Vibe: With 270 light and airy rooms and a popular rooftop pool, this modern four-star hotel offers respite from the city heat.

Vibe: Bright, contemporary rooms come with large windows and great views overlooking the Bangkok skyline.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Blackout curtains • Rooftop pool • Canalside pool • Restaurant • Spa • Sauna • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle service to shopping districts

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Spa and massage services • Sauna • Gym • 24-hour reception

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Location: A ten-minute walk from the Huai Khwang metro, for key links to the city.


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REMBRANDT HOTEL BANGKOK

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$117 $59

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REMBRANDT SUITES BANGKOK

THAILAND

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$156 $78

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Location: Based in Sukhumvit, this area is brimming with award-winning restaurants, bars and the country's best malls.

Location: In the Klongtoei neighbourhood, just a five-minute walk from Asoke BTS Skytrain Station for easy access to the city.

Vibe: Classy inner city sanctuary offering cocktails on the rooftop, Thai cooking classes and 407 bright and spacious rooms.

Vibe: Elegantly furnished rooms with sweeping city views with air con for your comfort. Ideal for couples looking for a getaway.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop pool • Poolside bar • Lobby bar with live piano • 3 restaurants • Massage services • Spa • Gym • Free tuk tuk service to Sukhumvit Road

Highlights: Private apartments and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • Outdoor pool • Rooftop pool • Bar • Restaurant • Garden • Sun terrace • Spa and massage services • Sauna • Gym

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SHANGHAI MANSION

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$134 $67

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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$200 $100

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Just a four-minute walk from Chinatown's main street where there's no shortage of street food and shopping.

Location: Only a five-minute walk to MBK Mall, Siam Paragon and Siam Centre shopping malls, aka the holy grail for shopaholics.

Vibe: Housed in a 19th-century building, this grand hotel combines 1930s Shanghai romance with new world chic.

Vibe: Ultra-modern hotel with spacious rooms that are almost as cool as its location. As the kids would say, this hotel is lit.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Terrace • Jazz lounge • Spa • Library • Daily free minibar

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Jacuzzi • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry

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BKKLIT

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$231 $116

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$220 $110

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Location: Only a few minutes by foot from energetic Siam Square, MBK Mall and National Stadium BTS Skytrain station.

Location: Opposite Siam Square. Connected to the massive MBK Mall and National Stadium BTS Skytrain station.

Vibe: Cutting edge design, futuristic style and knockout views from the floor-to-ceiling windows - this is a slick hotel.

Vibe: Luxury urban hotel with gadget-laden rooms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and five award-winning restaurants.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Infinity pool • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Live music lounge • Terrace • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • 5 restaurants • Café • Lounge • Terrace • 2 hot tubs • Spa • Gym • Tennis court • Library • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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FR$48 PRIVATE COOKING CLASS & MARKET TOUR HALF DAY

BEST OF BANGKOK PRIVATE TOUR

Trunks ahoy! Get the chance to spend a day with the grey gentle giants of Bangkok on this full-day tour, and give them a good ol' scrub in the river. Top tip: for peak friendmaking powers, bring bananas. A change of clothes is advisable - you will get wet!

Join forces with your local host on this private experience and learn how to rustle up a pad Thai. Pick up some fresh ingredients from the local market for a three-course lunch, enjoy a hands-on cooking class at your host's home and serve up delicious flavours.

See Bangkok's hotspots in this private half-day tour to give you a glimpse into the hustle and bustle of this ever-moving city. Discover hidden foodie gems and secrets, meander glistening temples and hear local stories to learn what daily life is like for a local.

BKKLAD

BKKPCC

WITHLOCALS: FLOATING MARKETS & BOAT TOUR

$38

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HALF DAY

WITHLOCALS: THE REAL BANGKOK BIKE TOUR

$38

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HALF DAY

Join a local resident for a bike ride, heading away from Bangkok's tourist trail and towards the area's more hidden treasures. Your first stop? The Wat Suan Phlu temple, a Thai-Chinese temple devoid of any crowds. Also en route are the Grand Postal building, Chinatown, Memorial Bridge and Wat Chakrawat (the crocodile temple).

BKKBOT

BKKBYW

$314

FR

4 DAYS

Go a bit boujee in Bangkok with a three-night stay at Praya Palazzo Boutique. Located away from the commotion, the boutique is only accessible by private barge. On arrival, get an included transfer from the airport to Phra Arthit Pier, then head across the Chao Phraya River up to the doors of the boutique hotel. When you're not chilling out at the hotel, spend your days as you please - temple-hopping, shopping and sampling delicious street food. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin/double room at Praya Palazzo Boutique Hotel, Bangkok (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Transfers included Note: Compulsory dinners not included Tour Code: BKKKSB

HALF DAY

GORDON RAMSAY'S FR$40 FAVOURITE FOOD TOUR HALF DAY Calling all foodies! Dine on a selection of ten street food tastings recommended by the famous chef Gordon Ramsay himself, in his book 'World Kitchen'. Live like a local and taste must-try dishes, sample local delicacies and try mouthwatering Thai desserts.

BKKWLB

Enjoy a tour of Bangkok's famous floating market with someone who knows it better than most - a local! Meet at the Bangwah BTS station in the morning and catch a taxi to the market. Once you've arrived, stroll past hundreds of delicious food stalls, hop on a boat for an off-the-beaten track canal ride and enjoy a tasty three-course lunch.

KHAO SAN BOUTIQUE RIVER STAY

$50

FR

KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK

WITHLOCALS: NIGHTLIFE & NIGHT MARKET TOUR

BKKGOR

$23

FR

HALF DAY

Thailand's capital really comes alive at night, so what better way to see it than with someone who knows exactly where the best bits are? Start off with a visit to Wat Hua Lam Phong, an intricate hidden temple. Continue on to the Pat Pong Night Market and end up gorging on tasty Thai food in Silom. And it's all included! BKKNMT

$708

FR

3 DAYS

Discover Khao Yai, Thailand's first National Park, on a three-day tour. Starting in Bangkok, take a river cruise pass the city's iconic sights before continuing on to Khao Yai. Here, you'll explore the forest with the help of a knowledgeable Park Ranger and bed down in the luxurious Atta Resort. Get the chance to see thousands of little wrinkle-lipped bats zooming out of a cave, and enjoy a wholesome dinner at your homestay on the second night. Departs: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Accommodation: Suite at Atta Lakeside Resort (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Private air con coach Tour Code: BKKKYN

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LOVE AND BANANAS: FR$151 ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE FULL DAY


THAILAND

Independent Tour

Independent Tour

Ratchada Night Market, Bangkok

BABYSITTING AN ELEPHANT ON THE RIVER KWAI Bangkok

$439

FR

Bangkok

4 DAYS

highlights

• Help care for sick elephants • Guided tour of Kanchanaburi

• Explore the city of Bangkok • Visit the River Kwai

BANGKOK NIGHT MARKET & KANCHANABURI Bangkok

$493

FR

Bangkok

• Visit the 'Death Railway' • Hang out with elephants

4 DAYS

highlights

• See Ratchada Night Market • Explore Kanchanaburi

A real treat for animal lovers. On arrival, meet your guide and grab a delicious Thai dinner before leaving early the next morning for Kanchanaburi where you'll visit the River Kwai Bridge and the Railway Museum. Day 3 is elephant day! Spend it preparing food for sick, abused and abandoned street elephants. You'll also help lead them to the river, where you'll give them all a good wash - a definite highlight! Head back to the capital on Day 4.

Combine one of the most famous markets in the world with elephants and the Bridge on the River Kwai on this four-day adventure. Start in Thailand's capital on Day 1 and shop yourself silly in the Bangkok Ratchada Night Market. Head to Kanchanaburi on Day 2 and visit the infamous Death Railway and floating market, then spend a day meeting and feeding elephants at the nearby Elephant Sanctuary. Head back to Bangkok on Day 4.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Bangkok hostel (1 nt), Kanchanaburi guesthouse (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Airport transfer to hostel, public minivan and public transport Tour Code: BKKELK

Departs: Daily (except Sundays) Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), guesthouse (2 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: Private minivan, boat, public bus Note: Final transfer from Bangkok bus station not included Tour Code: BKKBNM

Independent Tour

Small Group Adventure

Ayutthaya, Thailand

FLOATING MARKET & HOMESTAY Bangkok

$233

FR

Bangkok

• Overnight in a homestay • Visit the floating market

2 DAYS

highlights

• Explore via bikes • Return transfers included

Hop into your included transfer around 8am and head to the quaint village of Amphawa. The area is famous for its markets and local Thais flock here on weekends to bargain and barter. Explore the small, riverside villages via boat cruise before taking to bikes and discovering further afield. Tonight, enjoy some local hospitality with a homestay experience. On Day 2, visit the famous floating market with a local guide then head back to Bangkok. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Amphawa homestay (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: Return transfers to Bangkok included Includes: All activities as specified in the itinerary and entry fees where applicable Tour Code: BKKFMA

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CLASSICAL THAILAND Bangkok

$1,571

FR

Bangkok

6 DAYS

highlights

• See temples aplenty • Cruise down the Mekong

• Visit the Golden Triangle • Experience local village life

There are some things that no traveller should miss: the classic elements of a trip to Thailand is one. You'll get immersed into the glorious past of Thailand through the major cities from central to northern Thailand, each of which endows rich history and cultural heritages. Visit Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Lampang, Chiang Rai and the famous Golden Triangle as well as Chiang Mai, and enjoy visits to temples, Mekong River cruises and homestays to name a few. Departs: Selected Tuesdays Accommodation: Twin-share/double room in lodges, resorts and hotels (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches Transport: All transfers throughout the tour via air con private vehicle included Tour Code: BKKCLA

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CHIANG MAI & BEYOND Jungle Tribes and Night Bazaars

THAILAND

Wander through the bustling night bazaars and jam to great live music in Chiang Mai's reggae bars, then head for the jungle! Spend your nights in traditional bamboo huts meeting local hill tribes, rafting down rivers, trekking across jungle clad hills and cooling off in tumbling waterfalls. Back in town, wander past ancient temples, tuck into some tasty street food then unwind at a local spa or get yourself a proper homegrown Thai massage.

Shoestring

MAD MONKEY HOSTEL, CHIANG MAI

$23 $34

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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SMALL HOTEL, CHIANG MAI

$48 $24

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

DUANGTAWAN HOTEL, CHIANG MAI

$81 $46

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

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Location: Just eight minutes' walk from the gateway to the Old City, Tha Phae Gate.

Location: Only a four-minute walk from the riverside market and Night Bazaar.

Location: In the heart of the Night Bazaar shopping district.

Vibe: Lively hostel with dorms and privates on offer. There's a pool with a terrace.

Vibe: Quaint and trendy hotel with a pink plunge pool and funky interiors.

Vibe: You can practically roll from bazaar to bed, thanks to this hotel's central base.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorm • Private rooms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Café • Terrace • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Small plunge pool • Cocktail and snack bar • Rooftop restaurant • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool with panoramic city views • 4 bars • 3 restaurants • Spa • Gym

CNXMAD

CNXSML

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U NIMMAN, CHIANG MAI

$167 $84

FR

FR

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INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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Class Act

PANVIMAN SPA RESORT, CHIANG MAI

$212 $106

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

RATI LANNA, CHIANG MAI

$267 $134

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Just off trendy Nimman Road, 500 metres from the National Museum.

Location: High up in the hills surrounded by lush, tropical greenery.

Location: Set on the Ping River, close to the lively Nong Hoi market.

Vibe: Modern, sleek and chic hotel with a rooftop pool with an attached bar.

Vibe: Luxurious and peaceful resort with epic views and a health-focused spa.

Vibe: With opulently-styled amenities, there's nothing 'rati' about this spa resort.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Rooftop pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Lounge • 24-hour gym • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Massage services

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • 3 restaurants • Spa • Sauna • Steam room • Gym

CNXUNI

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CNXPAN

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CNXRAT

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TONG BAI ELEPHANT FR$304 FOUNDATION HALF DAY

TUK TUK CLUB EXPERIENCE

$222

FR

HALF DAY

MAD MONKEY HOSTEL, PAI

$17

FR

DORM

THAILAND

ROOM ONLY

Spend an unforgettable day with endangered Asian elephants at this not-for-profit foundation. From Chiang Mai, drive into jungly Mae Win to meet the grey giants. Learn about the foundation and tuck into a tasty Thai lunch before bath time down at the river.

Release your inner tuk tuk driver on Chiang Mai's most exciting adventure. Take in fascinating rural communities, go walking with and bathe elephants, hit the river on a bamboo raft and, of course, taxi your very own tuk tuk. One for the bucket list!

CNXELF

Location: Situated around 300 metres from the banks of the Pai River, close to Sunset Bar and Fluid Pool and Bar. Vibe: Sociable hostel set in lush beautiful gardens. Eight-room dorms come with personal lockers, plush duvets and warm showers. Highlights: Mixed dorms • Air con • Personal lockers • Reading light • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Luggage storage • Bike rental • Daily yoga classes • 24-hour reception

CNXTU1

CNXMAH

Small Group Adventure

Independent Tour

HILLTRIBE HUT EXPERIENCE

$400

FR

3 DAYS

PAI AND BEYOND WITH ELEPHANT JUNGLE SANCTUARY

$869

FR

7 DAYS

Take to the hills on this action-packed trip taking in the unique sights of northern Thailand. Set out from Chiang Mai into the surrounding region, absorb the local culture and try the diverse cuisine. You'll hike through remote villages, learn the secrets to jungle survival from local tribes and get immersed in this beautiful area. Feast on delicious food and spend two nights with the locals in traditional bamboo huts to really get away from it all.

If you're looking to explore Pai and its surrounding landscapes, look no further than this week-long trip. Uncover caverns where 300,000 birds fly into every evening in the twilight, excavate a 20,000 year old rock shelter and see the remains of prehistoric teak coffins and glimpse the everyday lives of Karen Hilltribe. And the best part? Interact with friendly elephants personally at the local Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays Accommodation: Hilltribe villages (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: CNXHUT (Can also be done as a 5-day tour incl. a pre and post-stay in Chiang Mai: CNXHIL)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double, twin or triple-share room in hotels/guesthouses (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: All transfers throughout the trip included Group Size: Max 6 Tour Code: CNXEJS

Independent Tour

GOLDEN TRIANGLE TREK

$244

FR

3 DAYS

THAI ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

FR

$712 7 DAYS

Get off the beaten track on this authentic Thai adventure around the Golden Triangle. From Chiang Mai, trek to a number of villages and witness local culture and everyday life in the indigenous communities. Here, you'll stay in dorm-style rooms with very basic facilities, so leave the rider at home! After a three-hour motorboat trip on the Kok River, cool down with a refreshing dip in a waterfall and relax with a hot spring pit stop en route back to Chiang Mai.

Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, this project offers a peaceful home for more than 30 neglected and previously abused elephants. Working at this internationally-renowned conservation project, you'll play an essential role in caring for endangered Asian elephants. Day to day, help to maintain the grounds and prepare the food for the grey giants and learn about how they choose their friends and interact with one another.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic hotel (2 nts) Transport: Transfer from accommodation, motorboat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Min 2 Tour Code: BKKG3D

Project Start Date: Mondays Location: Mae Teng District (60km north of Chiang Mai) Accommodation: Multi-share volunteer huts (6 nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Stay Longer: Fr $712 per week Tour Code: BKKELE

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KOH SAMET it's all about the trees

THAILAND

Named after the Samet trees (Thai for cajeput trees), which grow all throughout the island, Koh Samet offers a great location in which to kick back and grab a few rays. Just three hours from Bangkok, it's easily accessible, and offers plenty of sandy beaches, cosy coves and turquoise waters to enjoy. If you're looking to party, the north shore's where it's at, with regular fire-breathing shows, live music nights and beach barbecues on offer. Far out.

Glampacker

BAAN SUPPAROD RESORT

$166 $83

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

Class Act

AO PRAO RESORT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$338 $181

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

LE VIMARN COTTAGES FR$475 FR$252 & SPA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Close to Khao Laemya National Park and just steps from Pineapple Beach.

Location: Set on a white-sand beach on the north west coast of the island.

Location: Set on the palm-fringed sands of Ao Prao Beach.

Vibe: Beachfront resort only accessible by boat. Ideal for peace and quiet!

Vibe: Relaxed boutique resort with 58 rooms. All have their own private terrace.

Vibe: Stylish getaway with plush cottages and villas. There's a spa and a dive centre.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Garden • Private beach • Free return boat transfers

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Cottages • Air con • In-room safe • Infinity pool • Private terrace • Bar • Restaurant

Highlights: Cottages • Villas • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Watersports available • Dive centre

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KSZBAA

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A-List

PARADEE RESORT

KSZLEV

Class Act

$765 $383

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

SAI KAEW BEACH RESORT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$303 $160

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated on Ao Kiew beach along the Gulf of Thailand. It's accessed via a 15-minute speedboat ride from Jadet Pier.

Location: Set on the sands of Sai Kaew Beach, just ten minutes' walk from Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park.

Vibe: Tranquil resort comprising of plush villas with thatched roofs and private terraces. There's an infinity pool and a plush spa.

Vibe: A tropical beach hideaway with views of the Gulf of Thailand. There are three outdoor pools, plus a pool bar, gym and café.

Highlights: Villas • Air con • Private terrace • 24-hour room service • Infinity pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Spa • Massage services • Hot tub • Laundry • Free return boat transfers

Highlights: Private rooms • Cottages • Villas • Air con • Flatscreen TV • 3 outdoor pools • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Massage services • Sauna • Gym • Garden • Laundry service

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KSZPAR

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KSZSAI

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KOH SAMUI - CHAWENG BEACH Pretty fly for a mai tai

THAILAND

Say 'sa was dee' (hello) to Koh Samui's touristic hub, the sprawling region of Chaweng Beach. Picture diving into the azure waters, topping up your tan on Samui's largest stretch of sand or riding the waves aloft a jetski. After all that exertion, chill out with a freshly cut coconut, then come nightfall, let loose as you head on to the famous Green Mango Strip, bucket in-hand. Just don't let that sore head stop you from doing it all over again!

Rock Solid

COSI SAMUI CHAWENG BEACH

$95 $50

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Rock Solid

Rock Solid

BAAN TALAY RESORT

ROOM ONLY

$128 $64

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

CHABA CABANA BEACH RESORT

$245 $128

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Surrounded by cafés and bars, 10 minutes from Chaweng Beach.

Location: Hidden on the quieter, southern end of Chaweng Beach.

Location: Perched on a strip of Chaweng Beach, two kilometres from Samui Airport.

Vibe: Chic and modern hotel with minimalist rooms. Take a dip in the rooftop pool.

Vibe: Serene seaside resort, far enough away but within reach of the action.

Vibe: Relaxed, bright and cheerful resort close to the lively bars of Chaweng.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Inroom safe • Blackout curtains • Rooftop pool • Café • Terrace • Laundry service

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Suites • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Massage services • Gym

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BAAN SAMUI RESORT

USMCHC

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Rock Solid

$173 $92

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CHURA SAMUI RESORT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$217 $109

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Surrounded by palm trees on a private area of Chaweng Beach, close to the Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium.

Location: Set right on a peaceful beach with views of Ko Mat Lang. The Wat Phra Yai temple is five kilometres away.

Vibe: Beachfront resort with 79 colourful rooms. All have private patios and 24-hour room service. Check out the beachfront pool.

Vibe: Upscale beach resort featuring modern Thai décor and a beachfront pool. There are also two restaurants and a spa.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • Sauna • Garden • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private terrace • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa and Thai massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception • Laundry service

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Rock Solid

OZO CHAWENG

Rock Solid

$173 $92

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CHABA SAMUI

$170 $91

FR

FR

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right on the beachfront with easy access to Chaweng's nightlife and shopping neighbourhoods.

Vibe: Clean-cut and comfortable beachfront hotel with soft beds and blackout curtains, the perfect place to catch up on sleep!

Vibe: Bright and bubbly resort with a vibrant atmosphere, ideal for those who want to live by the water.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Terrace • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • Pool bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception

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USMCHB

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LUB'D KOH SAMUI CHAWENG BEACH

$24 $54

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

NORA BEACH RESORT & SPA

ROOM ONLY

$239 $120

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated right on the sands of Chaweng Beach, close to the restaurants, bars and shops of Chaweng.

Location: Perched on a hillside of tall palms, overlooking a secluded bay just north of Chaweng Beach.

Vibe: Brand new beachfront resort with two swimming pools, a beach club bar and restaurant. Great for socialising!

Vibe: Upscale spot to soak up the sun, dine barefoot and settle into island life. This is the life!

Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Beach club • Lounge • Games room • Laundry service • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Villas • Outdoor pool • Pool bar with happy hour cocktails • Restaurant • Jacuzzi • Spa • Lounge • Gym • Evening entertainment

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USMNBO

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$89 $45

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

KOH TAO & KOH NANG YUAN

$150

FR

FULL DAY

KOH SAMUI TO KOH TAN ISLAND SNORKELLING TOUR

$85

FR

FULL DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Located in Chaweng City Centre, close to Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium. Vibe: Relaxing resort offering a great place to rest your head after hitting nearby bars. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Indoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Lounge USMFLO

Following pick-up from your Koh Samui hotel, cross the gulf by speedboat to Koh Tao and head to Mango Bay for snorkelling and sightseeing. Tuck into a tasty Thai lunch before moving on to Koh Nang Yuan. Climb up to a viewpoint to admire the postcard-perfect view before returning to Koh Samui by speedboat. USMKOK

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Enjoy a full-day snorkelling tour from Koh Samui, travelling by longtail boat to two epic destinations. Stop at Koh Tan (Coral Island) for a hour's guided snorkelling tour, then head over to a white-sand beach on Koh Mudsum for more snorkelling and fun in the sun. A tasty lunch, all the gear and return transfers are included. VISIN5

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THAILAND

Location: On Chaweng Beach Road, just a short hop, skip and a jump from the beach and the centre of town.


KOH SAMUI - OTHER BEACHES chill out zone

THAILAND

Relentlessly swigging whiskey cocktails out of a bucket until the break of day isn't for everybody. Luckily, Koh Samui has a calmer side too. Relax with your holiday read on the southern shores of Natien, try your hand (and feet) at waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing in Lamai, or take a trip to the charming fishing village of Bophut for a lip-smacking seafood platter, a streetside sour mojito and a spectacular sunset. Ah, this is the life.

Class Act

BEACH REPUBLIC OCEAN CLUB

1

$215 $108

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INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$94 $47

THE HAMMOCK SAMUI BEACH RESORT, MAENAM

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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INCLUDES BREAKFAST

MANATHAI KOH SAMUI, LAMAI

$139 $70

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Situated at the northern end of Lamai Beach on an isolated stretch of sand.

Location: Down a back road on the unspoiled sands of Maenam Beach.

Location: Just across the road from Lamai Beach, shaded by a lush green hillside

Vibe: Rustic beachfront resort offering a great spot for some real R&R. And relaxxx.

Vibe: Tranquil beauty spot with smart, comfortable bungalows.

Vibe: Nostalgic colonial style meets laid-back tropical charm.

Highlights: Suites • Villas • Air con • Private balcony • Indoor and outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Nightclub

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Motorbike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • Private beach club • 3 restaurants

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IBIS SAMUI, BOPHUT

4

$67 $34

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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CENTARA VILLAS SAMUI, NATIEN

$167 $84

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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6

PAVILION SAMUI VILLAS & RESORT, LAMAI

$306 $153

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Located in Bophut, a short walk from the night market fisherman village.

Location: Away from it all on a private coral beach in Natien.

Location: Hidden in a palm-fringed garden on a gorgeous beachfront.

Vibe: Great value beachfront hotel with simple yet modern rooms.

Vibe: Natural haven with gorgeous pools, tropical gardens and sunset barbecues.

Vibe: Boutique resort with luxury villas decorated in contemporary Thai style.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Beachfront pool • Bar • Restaurant • Massage services

Highlights: Private villas • Air con • Private terrace • In-room safe • 3 outdoor pools • 2 bars • Restaurant • Garden • Spa

Highlights: Private suites • Air con • Outdoor pool • Beach club • Pool bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Spa • Hot tub • Gym

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USMIBH

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KOH PHANGAN: 16KM MAE NAM BAY

BIG BUDDHA

2

7-8

N

4 SAMUI AIRPORT

9

CHAWENG BEACH

KOH SAMUI ISLAND TOUR

$169

FR

INCLUDING LUNCH & THAI MASSAGE FULL DAY

LAT WANON WATERFALL

6

Your friendly local guide will take you on a tour of some of the island's major highlights, like picturesque beaches, giant Buddha statues and the breathtaking Na Mueang Waterfall. After your tour, tuck into a tasty lunch at Peak Eye Restaurant, then select a massage before relaxing in a steam bath or Jacuzzi to end the day.

3 1

NA MUEANG WATERFALL LAMAI BEACH

KHAO YAI WATERFALL

5

NATIEN BEACH

VISIN6

A-List

7

PEACE RESORT, BOPHUT

A-List

$223 $112

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

8

BANDARA RESORT & SPA, BOPHUT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$306 $153

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on a 250m stretch of beach in the calm and peaceful settlement of Bophut.

Location: On the peaceful north coast with quiet, uncrowded beaches on your doorstep.

Vibe: Like the name suggests, this family-run eco retreat is all about good vibes, complete with yoga classes and a tropical spa.

Vibe: While away the hours at this serene resort, whether it's poolside (there are four to pick from!) or in one of its chic rooms.

Highlights: Private bungalows • Villas • Air con • Private terrace • Outdoor pool • Pool bar • Beachfront restaurant • Spa • Yoga classes • Cooking classes • Evening entertainment

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Villas • In-room safe • 4 outdoor pools • Pool bar • Beach bar • Restaurant • Spa • Massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception

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Rock Solid

9

FAIR HOUSE BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL, CHAWENG NOI

USMBAN

Small Group Adventure

$234 $117

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

KOH SAMUI & KOH TAO

$1,070

FR

7 DAYS

ROOM ONLY

Location: Set privately amongst the coconut groves on Chaweng Noi Beach, eight kilometres from Lamai Beach. Vibe: Laid-back hotel with a selection of bright rooms and bungalows. Top tip: check out the forest, mountain or sea views. Highlights: Private rooms • Bungalows • Air con • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Private beach • Lounge • Spa • Massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception STAY 7 PAY 4: 01JAN19-31MAR19, 16JUL19-31AUG19 & 21DEC19-31MAR20; EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 90+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01JAN19-31MAR20; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

USMFHB

Get a real taste of island life on this week-long trip around the Gulf of Thailand. Touch down in Koh Samui on Day 1 and hit the white sandy beaches for some chill out time. On Day 2, explore the waters of Angthong Marine Park by speedboat, then meet the elephants of the Samui Elephant Sanctuary on Day 3. On Day 4, hop over the Koh Tao for four days of R&R. On Day 5, enjoy a snorkelling trip around the island, then relax the other few days. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in First Bungalow (3 nts) and Montra Resort and Spa (3 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: All transport and transfers included throughout Tour Code: USMKST

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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THAILAND

FERRY TERMINAL


KOH PHANGAN Thai as a kite

THAILAND

Known the world over due to its Full Moon Parties, Koh Phangan is definitely one for the old bucketlist. Join thousands of neon painted ravers on Haad Rin Beach for Sangsom whiskey buckets, fire skipping, wild dancing and music by world-renowned DJs. Post partying, get rid of the hangover with mornings on palm fringed beaches and a homegrown massage, or head off to explore temples and waterfalls. It's a hard life in paradise…

Glampacker

Shoestring

ECHO BEACH BACKPACKERS, BAAN TAI

1

$29

FR

DORM

2

MAD MONKEY, KOH PHANGAN

ROOM ONLY

$20 $23

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: A pretty great location right on Baan Tai beach. Thong Sala Pier is just a ten-minute drive away.

Location: Just a five-minute walk from Thong Sala pier, the town centre, the beach, and five minutes from Pantip Night market.

Vibe: Lively, sociable hostel with mixed dorms right on the beach. Looking to meet fellow party-goers? Grab a drink or two at the bar.

Vibe: Shared dorms and private rooms in a fun, friendly backpacker's hangout with a lively bar and swimming pool to enjoy.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Air con • Shared bathroom • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Barbecue area • Lounge • Terrace • Games room • Beachfront location • Beach hammocks, beds and treehouse

Highlights: Shared dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant (vegan and vegetarian friendly) • Swimming pool • Daily tours • Nightly events • Dynamite food & drink specials

KOHECO

KHPMAD

Rock Solid

PANVIMAN RESORT, THONG NAI

3

Rock Solid

$239 $120

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

4

CHANTARAMAS KOH PHANGAN, BAAN KAI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$167 $84

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: In the north east of the island, just 2km from Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach.

Location: Nestled on the beach in Baan Kai, just 3km from Full-Moon-Party-famous Haad Rin Beach!

Vibe: Tropical and airy resort with 94 rooms. All have separate living rooms, private balconies and bathrooms with sunroofs.

Vibe: Chic hotel and spa with classic Thai décor, stylish rooms with private balconies and an infinity pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Private balcony • Satellite TV • Bar • 3 restaurants • Garden • Terrace • Spa Sauna • Massage services • Gym • Kid's club • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Private balcony • Infinity pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Terrace • Garden • Private beach • Massage services • Laundry service • Luggage storage

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KHPPAV

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KHPCHT


BOTTLE BEACH

N

7 3

NAI PAN NOI BEACH

5

PARADISE WATERFALL

NAI PAN YAI BEACH

SWEET WATER LAKE WAT PHU KHAO NOI

THAN SADET WATERFALL N.P. PHAENG WATERFALL

GULF OF THAILAND

2 1

THONG SALA PIER

BAAN TAI BEACH

4

YUAN BEACH

6 HAAD RIN

KOH samui: 16KM

Monday 21 Jan Wednesday 20 Feb Wednesday 20 Mar Friday 19 Apr Sunday 19 May Monday 17 Jun Thursday 18 Jul

Rock Solid

5

HAVANA BEACH RESORT, THONG NAI PAN YAI

Thursday 15 Aug Friday 13 Sep Monday 14 Oct Monday 11 Nov Wednesday 11 Dec

Rock Solid

$116 $58

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

6

PHANGAN BAYSHORE RESORT, HAAD RIN

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$116 $58

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on the low-key but stunning beach of Thong Nai Pan Yai. Thong Sala Pier is just 18km away.

Location: Right on Haad Rin beach with more than 80m of clear beachfront overlooking the ocean, and close to local restaurants.

Vibe: Peaceful, laid back and comfortable retreat with brightly-decorated rooms. Enjoy a drink on your private terrace.

Vibe: Expect daytime pool lounging and plenty of beach time antics at this unfussy, laid-back hotel.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private terrace • In-room safe • Outdoor pool with sea view • Bar • 2 restaurants • Terrace • Garden • Massage services • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Private balcony • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Garden • Gift shop • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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KHPHAV

USMPBS

A-List

7

SANTHIYA KOH PHANGAN RESORT & SPA, THONG NAI PAN NOI

Small Group Adventure

$212 $106

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

FULL MOON PARTY PACK

$473

FR

5 DAYS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Nestled in a secluded tropical hideaway on a unique island, a 45-minute drive from Haad Rin Beach. Vibe: Splash out on this luxury eco resort, which offers a choice of 99 ornately-crafted rooms, pool-access suites or pool villas. Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Steam room • Massage services • Gym • Table tennis • 24-hour reception • Laundry EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 45+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01JAN1931MAR19 (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY); HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

USMSRS

Spend five days in the sun, checking out all the coolest spots on Koh Phangan in the lead up to the most legendary beach party in the world. Have a go at the famous Phangan Challenge - an inflatable obstacle course on a lake - or explore some hidden corners of the island on quad bikes before the main event. When the music cranks up, it's UV paint and buckets all round! Take it easy the next day - thankfully, the beach isn't far away. Departs: Typically 1 departure per month Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (4 nts) Transport: Pier pick-up, taxi Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch Group Leader: Group Leader & local guide throughout Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: KHPFMO

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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THAILAND

FULL MOON PARTY DATES 2019


KOH TAO Dive On In

THAILAND

Heralded as one of the world's cheapest places to learn to dive, it's no wonder that throngs of backpackers descend on this beautiful cashew-shaped island post Full Moon ravin'. Aside from diving with turtles, black-tip reef sharks (don't worry – they're harmless) and a whole host of colourful reef fish, you can explore the island on moped, chill out on your own private beach and grab a drink in time for sunset. You'll be in no hurry to leave.

Rock Solid

A-List

KOH TAO CORAL GRAND RESORT, SAIREE BEACH

$95 $48

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE TARNA ALIGN RESORT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$160 $80

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on the quiet northern end of Sairee Beach, a one-minute walk to Coral Grand Divers.

Location: Set in palm tree-shaded gardens atop a hill in the middle of the island. Sairee Beach is 1.5 kms away.

Vibe: Enjoy a slice of paradise staying in charming beachside cottages and comfy studio rooms, with a freeform pool to boot.

Vibe: Sophisticated hillside resort with 50 elegantly-decorated rooms. Enjoy the Gulf of Thailand views from your private balcony.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • Beachfront restaurant • Garden • TV lounge • Spa and massage services • Dive centre • Snorkelling trips • Optional cooking classes

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • 2 restaurants • Barbecue area • Spa • Massage services • Terrace • Garden • Dive centre

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FJJKTO

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A-List

THE HAAD TIEN BEACH RESORT, AO THIAN ORG

FJJTAR

A-List

$309 $155

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

THE BEACH CLUB BY HAADTIEN, AO THIAN ORG

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$243 $122

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on Thian-Org Bay (Shark Bay), a 380m private beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Location: Lies on a secluded beach on the south east corner of Koh Tao, Shark Bay.

Vibe: Upmarket resort featuring swanky private villas. All feature chic wood décor and private, furnished terraces with sea views.

Vibe: Get back to nature with the finest in barefoot luxury. Think thatched roofs, waterside dining and a two-tiered infinity pool.

Highlights: Private villas • Air con • Private terrace • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor infinity pool • Beach bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Sauna • On-site PADI dive centre

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • 2-tiered outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • On-site PADI dive centre

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HADORT

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Koh Tao

$528

FR

Koh Tao

7 DAYS

highlights

• Enjoy ten included dives • Spot turtles and stingrays

• Included night dive • Plenty of down time

LEARN TO DIVE PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE Koh Tao

$589

FR

Koh Tao

• Get PADI-certified • Experienced instructors

4 DAYS

highlights

• Great value for money • Three nights in a Thai chalet

For those who are already qualified to scuba dive and who want to do just that! No course, no test, no pressure - just lots of amazing moments exploring the fish-filled waters of Koh Tao. Enjoy ten fun dives plus one unique night dive. You'll have a varied schedule throughout, planned to take you to sites when they are quietest. Note, this diving bundle is only available to divers with at least an Open Water Diver certification.

Complete your dive theory online before you arrive so that you can spend more time relaxing in paradise and enjoying the underwater world. Learning to dive (up to 18m) this way means spending less time doing homework and more time relaxing! Groups are kept to a maximum of four to ensure your safety and enjoyment and a small, professional dive centre with experienced instructors will make learning easy. It's also incredible value for money.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in chalet (6 nts) Transport: Return transfers/ferry tickets are not included Meals: 1 meal per day Note: A refresher diving course may be required Tour Code: UDMFUN

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Thai chalet (3 nts) Meals: 1 meal a day Group Size: Max 4 Includes: PADI Open Water Diver Course and certification fees, digital training materials and all scuba equipment Tour Code: FJJKTL

MOJO DIVERS OPEN WATER COURSE Koh Tao

Koh Tao

$568

FR

5 DAYS

highlights

• Dive in less than a week! • Spot an array of fish

• Meet like-minded travellers • Koh Tao pub crawl discount

LEARN TO DIVE WEEK Koh Tao

$842

FR

Koh Tao

• Dive in a small group • All equipment provided

7 DAYS

highlights

• Head out on a night dive • Two days of fun dives

Learn to dive at one of the island's most social dive schools and get a certification for life! Mojo Dive School is a smaller dive outfit, so you're guaranteed small classrooms and groups when diving. Learn the basics, with practical pool lesson to put your new knowledge to use. Start the diving on Day 2, followed by a theory session that evening. On Day 3, you'll complete two deep dives (up to 18m), plus have your final exam. Then, it's fun diving!

Spend a full week learning to dive on the beautiful island of Koh Tao. You'll learn everything from the basics upwards to ensure you feel 100% confident when diving down into the depths of Thailand's tropical waters. This PADI Open Water Diver course includes theory sessions, shallow beach sessions and local open water dives. Complete your theory online before arriving - it'll mean less homework time and more time relaxing and diving.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorm, double or twin-share room (4 nts) Meals: Not included Includes: Pier pick-up, equipment and lessons, all dives, PADI/ SSI Open Water Diver certification Tour Code: TRUMOJ

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single or twin-share room in Thai chalet (6 nts) Meals: 1 meal per day Includes: PADI Open Water Dive Course and certification fees, training manuals and all scuba equipment Tour Code: UDMLTD

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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THAILAND

KOH TAO FUN DIVING


KHAO LAK & KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK Get Off the Tourist Trail

THAILAND

Unlike some of the nearby islands, Khao Lak isn't dominated by whiskey buckets, parties and persistent local touts. Located an hour north of Phuket, it's everything a quaint beach town should be from its golden beaches to Nang Thong's chilled out bars. And around 60km to the north east lies Khao Sok National Park, home to one of the world's oldest forests at 160 million years old, and rare species like hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers.

Class Act

MANATHAI KHAO LAK, BAN BANG MUANG

Rock Solid

$106 $53

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

APSARA BEACHFRONT RESORT & VILLA, KHUK KHAK BEACH

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$50 $25

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Just across from Lamai Beach shaded by a lush green hillside. Phuket airport is 90 minutes away by car.

Location: A prime beachfront spot on the secluded Pakarang Beach, overlooking the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.

Vibe: Embrace the decadence at this luxurious hotel, featuring stylishly-designed rooms, beachside massages and infinity pool.

Vibe: R&R (romance and relaxation) reigns king at this secluded resort, while rooms and suites boast contemporary Thai decor.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Room service • Infinity pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Private beach • Outdoor pool • 3 bars • 3 restaurants • Barbecue area • Spa • Gym • Library • 24-hour reception

EARLYBIRD OFFER: 15% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 60+ DAYS IN ADVANCE & 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 30+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 22APR19-23DEC19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

FYLLAK

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Class Act

HIVE KHAOLAK BEACH RESORT

$103 $52

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Rock Solid

X10 KHAO LAK RESORT

$125 $63

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

Location: Right on the beach in the Bang La On area, 2kms from Bang Niang market.

Vibe: This adult-only resort is all about getting you to peak horizontal.

Vibe: Airy rooms and suites come with balconies, ideal for Andaman sunsets.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony • 5 outdoor pools • Waterslide • Bar • 2 restaurants • Garden • Spa • Gym

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Independent Tour

CHEOW LAN LAKE ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE

$445

FR

3 DAYS

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: On the beach in Phang-Nga, close to Lamlu National Park.

EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 60+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01JAN19-31MAR20

FYLASP

FYLHIV

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FYLXKL

Looking for some peace and quiet, bags of nature and an elephant or two? Spend one night at the Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, the other on a floating bungalow, and enjoy rainforest treks, longtail boat rides, tasty food throughout and plenty of chill out time. The best part? Get the chance to feed and bathe your own elephant, Somboon! HKTCHE


ELEPHANT HILLS JUNGLE LAKE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Khao Sok

$996

FR

Khao Sok

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Stay in Elephant Hills Camp • Overnight in a floating camp • Take a longtail boat tour

• Hang out with ellies • Visit Takhun's local market • Khao Sok National Park trek

Day 1 Khao Sok National Park

Elephant Hills, Thailand

inclusions

Day 2 Khao Sok National Park Today you will explore Cheow Lan Lake by local long-tail boat. Cruise across the emerald waters and keep your eyes peeled for wild elephants, the rare Asian ox, hornbills and hundreds of other tropical birds. If you're really lucky, you may just spot a leopard or tiger. Though rare, they are here! Head to the floating Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, one of the world's only floating camps, situated in the heart of the national park. Settle in to your luxury safari tent and sit back and enjoy the views. That afternoon, head out on a trek through the jungle to see if you can spot some more of the resident wildlife. Then, settle in for the evening. (B, L, D)

Koh Samui Don Sak Pier Surat Thani Khanom

Khao Sok N.P. Koh Lak Phuket Airport

INCLUDED DOOR TO DOOR TRANSFERS Krabi T H A I L A N D

Phuket

Day 3 Khao Sok National Park

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury safari tent (1 nt), luxury safari tent in floating Rainforest Camp (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers from/to Koh Samui, Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi and Surat Thani Note: Arrival transfers only available on certain flights Tour Code: ELEJLS

Wake up to the sounds of gibbons calling high up in the trees, whilst the clearing mist unveils the true beauty of the lake. Opt for a swim, canoe trip or another trek, then take your transfer to any of the destinations listed on the right. If you're booking a flight for Day 3, it should not depart earlier than 7pm. (B, L)

Location

Distance

Time

Phuket Phuket Airport Krabi Khao Lak Khanom Surat Thani Don Sak Pier Koh Samui incl. ferry

170km 143km 138km 87km 190km 109km 185km

3.5 hours 3 hours 3 hours 2.5 hours 4 hours 2.5 hours 3 hours 5.5 hours

ELEPHANT HILLS JUNGLE SAFARI 3 DAYS, Khao Sok

$867

FR

Khao Sok

• Elephant Hills camp • Help with elephant care • Explore Cheow Lan Lake

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Go wild swimming • Spot gibbons and birds • Visit Khao Sok National Park

Day 1 Khao Sok National Park Swap wild island nightlife for wilderness adventures, travelling deep into the jungle-covered peaks of Khao Sok National Park. As southern Thailand's largest rainforest, it's a great place to get off the map and wind down. Head to your camp in the Elephant Hills Camp and enjoy a tasty traditional lunch, then enjoy a peaceful canoe trip down the Sok River. See if you can spot some wildlife along the way; if you're lucky you may even see a wild elephant! Keep up the elephant theme with a visit to the Elephant Hills Conservation Project, where you'll get the chance to feed, bathe and hang out with the friendly grey giants! Learn the ropes from the resident mahouts (elephant carers) and witness first hand what it takes to work alongside the largest land mammal on earth. Later, grab a drink and watch the sun set over the misty mountains before settling down in your luxury safari tent. Bliss. (L, D)

Day 2 Khao Sok National Park Wake up to the sounds of gibbons and birds while enjoying your morning tea or coffee. Then, it's time to explore the spectacular Cheow Lan Lake, a hideout for communists and students opposing the military dictatorship in the 70s. This man-made lake is surrounded by limestone mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforests, and many compare it to the more famous sites of Halong Bay in Vietnam or Guilin in China. Explore the lake via longtail boat and take a dip to cool off from the blazing hot sun. Return to Elephant Hills for dinner and overnight in your luxury tent. The jungle bar will be open for business so grab a drink and relax. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Khao Sok National Park Go on a jungle trek today and see if you can spot some of the rainforest's resident wildlife. Hornbills, gibbons, macaques; they're all here! After lunch, head back to camp and take your transfer to any of the destinations noted on the right. If you're booking a flight for Day 3, it should not depart earlier than 7pm. (B, L)

Elephant Hills, Thailand

Koh Samui Don Sak Pier Surat Thani Khanom

Khao Sok N.P. Koh Lak Phuket Airport Phuket

Krabi T H A I L A N D

INCLUDED DOOR TO DOOR TRANSFERS Location

Distance

Time

Phuket Phuket Airport Krabi Khao Lak Khanom Surat Thani Don Sak Pier Koh Samui incl. ferry

170km 143km 138km 87km 190km 109km 185km

3.5 hours 3 hours 3 hours 2.5 hours 4 hours 2.5 hours 3 hours 5.5 hours

inclusions Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury safari tent with western-style bathroom and hot shower (2 nts) Transport: Minibus, longtail boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers from/to Krabi, Surat Thani, Khanom, Don Sak, Koh Samui or Phuket, all activities as mentioned, fully-trained guides Note: Arrival transfers are only available on certain flights Tour Code: HKTJS2

CALL 1300 676 561 TO BOOK

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THAILAND

Bedding down in luxury tented camps and tending to elephants may sound just like a dream, but it doesn't have to be just that! Get picked up from Phuket, Khao Lak, Phang Na, Krabi, Surat Thani or Koh Samui and transfer to the Elephant Hills Camp. On arrival, enjoy a buffet lunch, then relax on a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. Spot hornbills or reptiles basking in the sun and drift past a world that has barely changed in thousands of years. Afterwards, head to the Elephant Experience and get stuck-in with washing, feeding and interacting with a bunch of friendly Asian elephants. Meet the mahouts that look after them and find out just what it takes to be an elephant caretaker. That evening, head back to the camp and enjoy the panoramic views of the jungle-covered mountains. Optional evening entertainment includes a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration, where you'll learn how to prepare Thai specialities. (L, D)


PHUKET - PATONG BEACH PArty people on patong

THAILAND

Get ready to party in Phuket's playground! Sure, cultural and relaxed it ain't but rest assured it's heaps of fun and will give you a raucous time. Imagine a neon whirlwind of bright lights, food stalls, nightclubs and ubiquitous ladyboys and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect. With weekly Muay Thai matches taking place in the boxing stadium, it's well worth grabbing a ticket and having a gander at the country's national sport.

Shoestring

PATONG LODGE HOTEL

Glampacker

$59 $32

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

LUB D PHUKET PATONG

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$34 $48

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: On a hillside facing the clear waters of Kalim Beach, 500m from Patong's rowdier sands.

Location: In the heart of Patong, just two minutes' walk from the beach and close to the entertainment hub of Bangla.

Vibe: Simple and modern hotel with 150 rooms boasting mountain or ocean views.

Vibe: A stylish hostel with large social spaces, including a games area, a poolside bar and a restaurant.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • 2 outdoor pools • Sun terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Free shuttle to Patong Beach

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Muay Thai boxing ring • Games room • Backpacker Travel store

HKTPAT

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IBIS PHUKET PATONG HOTEL

$64 $32

FR FR

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Class Act

PATONG BEACH HOTEL

$217 $114

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

HKTLPP

PATONG MERLIN HOTEL

$200 $106

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Five minutes by foot to Patong Beach and ten minutes to Bangla Road.

Location: Just one minute from the beach, with Patong's nightlife on your doorstep.

Location: Opposite the buzzing bars of southern Patong Beach.

Vibe: Escape from Patong's heaving streets to one of 258 stylish and spacious rooms.

Vibe: The perfect base to start the night, with a pool bar, pub and nightclub on-site.

Vibe: A mini oasis of palm trees, pools and gardens, with almost 448 rooms on offer.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • Restaurant • Café • Nightclub • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 4 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Thai cooking classes (at extra cost)

HKTPPH

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DEEVANA PATONG RESORT & SPA

A-List

$117 $59

FR

FR

PHUKET GRACELAND RESORT & SPA

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

$178 $89

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Beachfront spot on the northern end of Patong Beach, overlooking the Andaman Sea.

Vibe: Experience Patong's calmer side at this down-to-earth resort, made up of 235 Thai-style rooms over two wings.

Vibe: This luxurious resort has everything to keep you entertained, plus 600 spacious rooms with all the mod cons to relax in.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Sauna • Massage services • Gym • Free shuttle to Patong Beach and Phuket Town

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 4 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 5 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • Bowling alley • Pool table • Library • Optional Thai cooking classes

STAY 4-5 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 6, STAY 13 PAY 7: 01APR19-24DEC19

HKTDPR

STAY 6-8 PAY 5, STAY 9-10 PAY 6, STAY 11-12 PAY 7, STAY 13 PAY 8, STAY 14-15 PAY 9, STAY 16 PAY 10: 01MAR19-26DEC19

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RAMADA PHUKET DEEVANA

$148 $74

FR

FR

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ROYAL PARADISE HOTEL & SPA

$128 $70

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

HKTPGR

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KEE RESORT & SPA

$178 $95

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Off a main road lined with shops and eateries, close to Patong Beach.

Location: A prime spot on Patong Beach, close to Jungceylon Mall.

Location: Just a couple of minutes' walk from the sands of Patong Beach.

Vibe: Laid-back hotel with bright rooms, an outdoor pool and a terraced restaurant.

Vibe: Chic, high-rise hotel with modern rooms and tropical décor throughout.

Vibe: Bright rooms, lagoon-style pool, rooftop bar... this resort has bags of style.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Gym • Spa

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • • Spa • Massage services • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Pool bar • Rooftop bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym

STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 6, STAY 13 PAY 7: 09JAN19-02FEB19 & 12FEB19-31OCT19

HKTRPD

HKTRPH

A-List

BURASARI RESORT

$150 $75

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

STAY 5 PAY 4: 06JAN19-31MAR19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

HKTKEE

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HORIZON PATONG BEACH RESORT

$123 $73

FR

FR

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INCLUDES BREAKFAST

A-List

AVISTA HIDEAWAY PHUKET PATONG, MGALLERY BY SOFITEL

$296 $148

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Close to Patong Beach, just a ten-minute walk from the shopping centre.

Location: Across from Patong Beach, a short stroll from lively Bangla Road.

Location: High on a lush Patong hilltop, with panoramic views of the Andaman Sea.

Vibe: Swim-up bars, massages, seven-foot beds... you might forget where the beach is!

Vibe: Surrounded by tropical gardens, this 160-room resort provides a haven of calm.

Vibe: Get proper rest and relaxation at this swanky, award-winning resort.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Free mini-bar • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Spa • Pool table

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • 3 outdoor pools • Bar • 2 restaurants • Gym • Kid's club

STAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 12: 11FEB19-31MAR19; EARLYBIRD OFFER: 15% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 60+ DAYS IN ADVANCE & 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 30+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

HKTBSR

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HKTHPB

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Location: Wrapped in almost 10 acres of tropical gardens, 15 minutes' walk from Patong Beach.


PHUKET - OTHER BEACHES WHITE sandS & sangsom IN SPADES

THAILAND

If you've exhausted your energy reserves in bawdy Patong, you might want to get away from the crowds and try out a more serene Thai beach experience. This is where Kata, Karon and some of Phuket's best-kept-secret beaches come into their own. Palm-lined, silky smooth sands, turquoise waters and tasty seafood restaurants will draw you in for a cocktail or two. Smart cookies will make sure this coincides with happy hour!

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KAMALA BEACH RESORT, KAMALA

1

$234 $117

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BEST WESTERN PREMIER FR$153 SINGLE BANGTAO BEACH RESORT FR$77 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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HORIZON KARON BEACH RESORT & SPA

$217 $123

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Set on Kamala's peaceful sands, a ten-minute stroll from Kamala Village.

Location: Overlooking Bangtao Beach and surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Location: On a slightly raised hill, steps away from the south end of Karon Beach.

Vibe: Adult-only contemporary beachside resort, with 353 bright, spacious rooms.

Vibe: Relaxed hotel with laid-back rooms, suites and bungalows. All have balconies.

Vibe: Two wings, including an adult-only wing with its own pool and hot tub.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 4 outdoor pools • 4 bars • 2 restaurants • Massage services • Gym • Yoga classes

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Bungalows • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balconies • 3 outdoor pools • Bar • 2 restaurants • Hot tub • Spa • Library

STAY 6 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4: 01APR19-24DEC19

HKTKAM

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HKTBST

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OLD PHUKET, KARON

4

STAY 6-7 PAY 5: 01DEC18-19DEC18 & 01-31MAR19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

HKTHOR

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$147 $74

FR

FR

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ANDAMAN CANNACIA, KATA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$195 $98

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: A few minutes' walk from the tranquil Karon Beach. The namesake shopping centre is just five minutes' walk away.

Location: Nestled in the hillside, offering panoramic views of laid-back Kata Beach below.

Vibe: Spread across two wings, choose from old world charm or super snazzy! All rooms come with a private balcony or terrace.

Vibe: Want to retreat from Phuket's hubbub? Look no further than this eco resort, complete with three-tiered waterfall pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Rain shower • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • 4 restaurants • Terrace • Massage services • Gym • Kid's club • Library

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Barbecue area • Spa • Gym • Yoga classes • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle to Kata Beach

STAY 4 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 7: 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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8.8KM

PATONG & OTHER BEACHES

PHUKET AIRPORT: 30KM

1-2 PATONG BEACH

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PHUKET TOWN TRI-TANG BEACH

Karon Beach Quieter than Patong, Karon is one of the best beaches for watersports, with calm seas and powdery sands.

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KARON BEACH

8 6 7

CHALONG BAY

Head out to Phi Phi Island Explore this stunning island made famous by that movie (oh Leo!) and enjoy the amazing beaches and chilled lifestyle. See page 89 for accommodation choices.

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KATA NOI BAY

6KM

9

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BEYOND RESORT KATA, KATA

$220 $119

FR FR

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KATA PALM RESORT, KATA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$156 $78

FR

FR

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KATA SEA BREEZE RESORT, KATA

$82 $41

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Aptly named, this resort is right on the beach, with views of Kata Bay.

Location: On a quiet street, just 500 metres from Kata Beach.

Location: In between the golden sands of Kata Beach and the green inland hills.

Vibe: A peaceful, exotic experience, with 275 rooms designed in modern style.

Vibe: Expect a healthy dose of Thai hospitality and décor at this relaxed resort.

Vibe: Excellent value resort with 330 guest rooms, decorated in traditional Thai style.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Room service • Outdoor pool • 3 restaurants • Spa • Sauna • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • 4 outdoor pools • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • Spa

HKTKBR

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STAY 2 PAY 1: 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

HKTWWC

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RAWAI PALM BEACH RESORT, RAWAI

STAY 7 PAY 5: 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

HKTKAT

A-List

$156 $78

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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THE VIJITT RESORT, RAWAI

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$306 $153

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Less than 200m from Rawai Beach, surrounded by tropical gardens. Phuket City is 15km away.

Location: Nestled among 18 acres of palm trees and gardens on the secluded Friendship Beach in Rawai.

Vibe: Modern Thai décor and large, comfy rooms await at this tranquil and polished resort.

Vibe: Jump off the tourist trail and into one of 92 luxury stand alone Thai villas, many with private spacious pools.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • 3 outdoor pools • Private beach • 2 bars • 3 restaurants • 2 cafés • Garden • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Free shuttle to Yan Nui Beach

Highlights: Private villas • Air con • Private terrace • Infinity pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Wine cellar • Spa • Gym • Thai boxing classes • Thai yoga classes • Free shuttle to Phuket Town

STAY 2 PAY 1, STAY 3-4 PAY 2: 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

RAWBEC

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THAILAND

Kata Beach Just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, Kata has many great restaurants and bars but things are less wild than in Patong.

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KATA BEACH

Patong Beach A wide bay flanked by restaurants and resorts. Action-packed, great for shopping and partying the night away.


ELEPHANT HILLS JUNGLE SAFARI 2 DAYS, Khao Sok

$588

FR

Khao Sok Small Group Adventure

highlights

THAILAND

• Enjoy the Elephant Experience • Luxury safari tent accommodation • Cruise down the Sok River

Floating Rainforest Camp, Cheow Lan Lake

inclusions

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury jungle tent with hot water, fan, and mosquito nets (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Hotel pick-up from various locations and guides Note: Free airport pick-up only available on selected flights. Flights should not depart earlier than 7pm on Day 2 Tour Code: HKTJUN

• Guided jungle walk • Wake up with surrounding wildlife • Return transfers included

Find a little luxury in the heart of the Khao Sok National Park, and take full advantage of the nature around you. With transfers included from Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Surat Thani and Koh Samui, arrive at the camp in time for your encounter with the resident ellies. Prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, scrub and clean them and generally hang out with them! The project focuses heavily on animal welfare, so riding the animals is not allowed. Go, Elephant Hills! After lunch, take a cruise down the Sok River and look out for sunbathing reptiles along the shore. After a night in your luxury safari tent, wake up to the sounds of nature and take to the local jungle on foot to discover exotic plants, tropical trees, orchids, palms and ferns and look out for monkeys overhead. Transfer to your next destination in the afternoon.

THAILAND FITNESS BOOT CAMP 1-8 WEEKS, Phuket

$1,127

FR

Phuket

highlights

• Get fit and healthy in Thailand • Weekly personal training sessions • Regular yoga sessions

inclusions

Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Double room in standard or deluxe resort (7+ nts) Meals: 2 meals per day (Mon-Sat) Group Size: Max 50 Includes: Daily personal training sessions, airport pick-up, strength and conditioning group sessions, regular yoga sessions, access to gym and training areas Tour Code: HKTFBC

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK AT OUR JUNGLE CAMP

The Thailand Boot Camp is an intensive fitness programme, open to men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. What you can achieve depends on how long you stay, but even short-term guests benefit from the intensive workouts and attention from expert personal trainers. There is a healthy meal programme included throughout your time here, plus some fantastic, fun active activities like Muay Thai, Yoga and excursions to temples and beaches. Fly into Phuket on Day 1 and head to your accommodation. The next day, ease yourself in with a morning yoga class, then the training starts in earnest! Spinning, cross fit, assault course work outs, Olympic lifting, beach runs - you name it it's here! Enjoy sessions with your own PT every week, then enjoy a rest day on Sunday. Note that boot camp lasts for one week or more.

$552

FR

3 DAYS

Many believe Khao Sok is over 160 million years old, making it one of the world's oldest rainforests. Interspersed with caves, lush jungle and hidden waterfalls, it's a must on any trip to Thailand. Get the best out of a visit here with this trip, based in the Our Jungle Camp eco resort. Enjoy a canoe trip on the Klong Sok River, explore the Cheow Lan Lake, spot loads of wildlife and meet and feed the elephants of the community-based 'Elephant Encounter'. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Double or twin-share room at Our Jungle Camp (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: All transport and transfers in air con car/coach included Tour Code: DTTOJC

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• Spinning, cross fit and Muay Thai • Bed down in luxury accommodation • Olympic lifting classes

KHAO SOK ADVENTURE

$484

FR

4 DAYS

Set amid hectares of thick jungle, waterfalls, limestone cliffs and topped off with an island-studded lake, Khao Sok is the perfect antidote to the parties of Phuket and Phi Phi. Explore it all on this four-day adventure, based in the Morning Mist Resort. After arriving on Day 1, go trekking through the jungle and take a canoe ride down the Khao Sok River on Day 3. The next day, take in the stunning scenery of Cheow Larn Lake, then head off on Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double, twin or multi-share room in Morning Mist Resort (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: All transport and transfers included throughout Note: Doesn't include tips Tour Code: HKTKSA

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KOH PHI PHI all barefoot & beautiful

THAILAND

Koh Phi Phi is quintessential Thailand in every way, from the jungle-clad limestone cliffs and lively beach bars to some of Southeast Asia's best scuba diving sites. Just a quick ferry ride from Phuket and Krabi, there's no reason to keep you away. Get up close to the monkeys on appropriatelynamed Monkey Island and catch the rays on Phi Phi Don. Note that Maya Bay is no longer open to the public in order to protect the marine environment.

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BAYVIEW RESORT, LAEM HIN

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$98 $49

FR FR

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PHI PHI NATURAL RESORT

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$131 $66

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Hillside among tropical jungle, overlooking Laem Hin Beach. Enjoy free transfers to and from the pier and village.

Location: This beachside resort is sat on the northern shores of Phi Phi Don, 45km off the coasts of Phuket and Krabi.

Vibe: One for the nature lovers (as well as the other kind), enjoy split-level bungalows and beachside dining on this remote island.

Vibe: Choose from spacious townhouse-style rooms or cottages at this laid-back resort, complete with private beach.

Highlights: Private villas • Air con • Daily housekeeping • Outdoor pool • Jacuzzi • Swim-up bar • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Massage services • Laundry

Highlights: Private rooms • Cottages • Air con • Room service • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Massage services • PADI dive centre • 24-hour reception

STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7: 21APR19-31OCT19

KBVBAY

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PHI PHI ISLAND VILLAGE BEACH RESORT

PHZPHP

$317 SINGLE $159 TWIN/ DOUBLE

FR FR INCLUDES BREAKFAST

A-List

So you've done the hard work and now you just want to relax and get yourself a piece of that Thai luxury you've heard so much about. Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort doesn't scrimp on the good stuff, with spacious and secluded bungalows set on 800m of sandy shoreline and in the shadow of breezy palm trees. Location: Overlooking the Andaman Sea on Phi Phi Don, among 70 acres of coconut trees and tranquil gardens. Vibe: Private beach, infinity pool, thatched-roof Thai bungalows... it's no wonder this is one of Koh Phi Phi's most exclusive resorts. Highlights: Private bungalows • Villas • Air con • Satellite TV • 2 infinity pools • 3 bars • 4 restaurants • Spa • Tennis courts • PADI dive centre • Marine discovery centre • 24-hour reception

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KRABI KRABI CHIC

THAILAND

A popular jumping off point for visitors to the nearby islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, and the beaches of Ao Nang and Railay, Krabi has plenty of passing trade to fill its cafes, bars and restaurants with life. Walk down the riverside walkway to the fishing port, fill up at the street food market, or visit the spiritual, phallus-filled cave of Phra Nang, where legend has it leaving a phallic figurine aids female fertility. Who knew?

A-List

RED GINGER CHIC RESORT, AO NANG

1

$145 $73

FR

FR

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KRABI CHA DA, AO NANG

2

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$56 $28

FR FR

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KRABI THAI VILLAGE RESORT, AO NANG

$78 $39

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Only 200m from Ao Nang Beach and a 20-minute walk to the village.

Location: Built into Ao Nang's hills, just a five-minute walk to the beach and village.

Location: A short walk to Phra Nang Bay and Ao Nang town's shops and restaurants.

Vibe: The most eclectic ginger in town! All 63 rooms are individually-styled.

Vibe: Hillside retreat with a blend of Thai and Chinese design across 83 rooms.

Vibe: Traditional Thai design, bright colours and breezy walkways.

Highlights: Private rooms • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Swim-up bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Terrace • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 2 outdoor pools • Private beach club • Bar • Restaurant • Jacuzzi • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 3 outdoor pools • Waterslide • Private beach club • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa

EARLYBIRD OFFER: 25% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 14+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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KVBKRA

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KRABI LA PLAYA, AO NANG

4

KBVRVO

HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

A-List

$98 $49

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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PAKASAI RESORT, AO NANG

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$173 $87

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Only 150m from Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beaches, just a few minutes' from Ao Nang's restaurants and shops.

Location: Spread out over lush tropical forest in the hills, only five minutes by foot to Ao Nang Beach.

Vibe: Switch off your phone and your brain, and unwind in this modern, Thai-style resort (perhaps a poolside massage to start?).

Vibe: Eco-friendly resort with Krabi's greenest credentials. All 104 rooms boast original wood furnishings and low carbon amenities.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • Restaurant • Garden • Spa and massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Chalets • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Gym • Library • Free bike rental • Optional Thai cooking classes

STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 4-5 PAY 3, STAY 6-8 PAY 4, STAY 9-10 PAY 5, STAY 11-12 PAY 6, STAY 13-14 PAY 7: 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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TIGER CAVE TEMPLE

BUCKET LIST LOCATION

krabi Airport: 6KM 7 DRAGON CREST

krabi town

Ao Nang With some of Thailand's best beaches, a lively atmosphere and beautiful limestone headlands, Ao Nang is R&R central.

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Krabi Town Gateway to the Andaman Islands, Krabi is a key transport hub offering lively nightlife, exquisite food and good times.

FERRY TERMINAL

AO NANG BEACH

Tup Kaek Krabi's quiet side, set at the base of a forested mountainside and literally at the end of the road. 15 minutes from Ao Nang.

RAILAY BEACH

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KRABI RESORT, AO NANG

$117 $59

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TUP KAEK SUNSET BEACH RESORT, TUP KAEK

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$123 $62

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

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SMALL HOTEL, AO NANG

$145 $73

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Besides Ao Nang Beach and surrounded by dense woodland.

Location: On the white sands of Tup Kaek Beach, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Location: Just 10 minutes walk from Nopparat Thara Beach in Ao Nang.

Vibe: Modern beachfront resort with bright rooms, a private beach and even mini-golf!

Vibe: Thatched roof bungalows and bamboo décor offer laid-back holiday living.

Vibe: Colourful hotel with 38 bright rooms. All of them have rain showers and balconies.

Highlights: Private rooms • Private balcony or terrace • 2 outdoor pools • 3 bars • Restaurant • Private beach • Mini-golf

Highlights: Private bungalows • Air con • Daily housekeeping • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Gym • Library

EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 14+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01APR19-31OCT19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

KBVKRA

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TUPSUN

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DEEVANA KRABI RESORT, AO NANG

STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 10: 01NOV19-19DEC19, BOOK BY 19DEC19

KVBSMA

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$206 $103

FR FR

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IBIS STYLES KRABI, AO NANG

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$67 $34

FR FR

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Location: On a hill surrounded by tropical greenery, just one kilometre from the sands of Noppharat Thara Beach.

Location: Situated in Ao Nang, just two kilometres from Nopparat Thara Beach and one kilometre from the closest beach.

Vibe: Relaxed and stylish resort shaded by palm tree groves, with two outdoor pools and a hot tub for a taste of the high life.

Vibe: Low-key, family-friendly hotel backed by limestone cliffs. There are bikes available for hire and an outdoor pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony • Flatscreen TV • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bars • Seafood restaurant • Hot tub • Garden • Lounge • Shop • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Lounge • Kid's club • Bike rental • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

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Scattered around the Andaman Sea in all their paradise-like glory, these lesser-known Thai islands all have their own unique selling points. But they all point to one thing: utopia! Koh Lanta's diving spots and unspoiled beaches make it a luxury getaway to remember, while less-developed Koh Yao Yai will guarantee a warm welcome from the resident fishermen. Rugged Koh Chang is as remote as it is wild, and Khanom is jet-ski free but rich in pink dolphins.

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Location: Nestled on its own private palm-fringed bay, a 55 or 25-minute speedboat ride from Phuket or Krabi respectively.

Location: Beachfront resort with elegant and secluded rooms, 50 minutes from Phuket airport by car and speedboat.

Vibe: Treat the senses with yoga twice daily, fresh seafood dinners and one amazing infinity pool.

Vibe: Despite the size, you'll get plenty of privacy, a real VIP experience and one helluva view!

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • In-room safe • Infinity pool • Private beach club • 2 bars • 2 restaurants • Spa • Yoga classes • Watersports available

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Sauna • On-site shops • 24-hour reception

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A hidden beach retreat on Thailand's Central Gulf Coast, this is the place to come if you're looking to get away from it all and really switch off. Work on your tan on the private beach, pamper yourself silly in the spa and take a dip in the oceanfront pool. Feeling peckish? Grab a slice of pizza in the pizzeria. Location: Right on the sands of Nandan Beach in the small seaside town of Khanom. The Samet Chun Waterfall is six kilometres away, and the ferry port to Koh Samui is around 20 kilometres away. Vibe: This Scandinavian-influenced luxury hotel is definitely off the beaten track; perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet. Zone out with a massage and treatment session in the spa. Highlights: Bungalows • Villas • Air con • Private terrace • Blackout curtains • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Pizzeria • Café • Spa • Massage services • Hot tub STAY 5 PAY 4: 01JAN19-31OCT19; EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN BOOKING 185+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01JAN19-31OCT19

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Koh Lanta A stone's throw from Phi Phi but far more relaxed, Lanta is the place to come if you're looking to take it down a notch or two. Koh Chang and Khanom Both of these combine wilderness experiences and a good party. Khanom's pink dolphins are a star attraction. Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai Just thirty minutes' boat ride from brash Phuket, these twin islands couldn't be more different. It’s peace and quiet all the way.

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KOH CHANG PARADISE RESORT AND SPA, KOH CHANG

$120 $60

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LANTA CHA-DA, KOH LANTA

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$100 $50

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Location: Set on a seven hectare beachfront property on the west of the island. Klong Prao Beach is an eight-minute walk away.

Location: Beautifully set on eight acres of prime white sandy beachfront at Lanta Yai Beach.

Vibe: Relaxed beach resort consisting of 80 wooden bungalows, all with their own balcony or terrace. Wind down in the spa.

Vibe: Reflecting modern comfort with traditional Thai charm, this 196-suite beach resort is the ideal place to unwind.

Highlights: Bungalows or villas • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Hot tub • Spa and massage services • Steam room • Gym

Highlights: Private suites • Villas • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Room service • Outdoor pool • 2 bars • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • Gym • 24-hour reception

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$250 $125

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Location: Beachfront resort on the west of Koh Chang Island. Mu Koh Chang National Park is just a kilometre away. Vibe: Pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa or gorge yourself silly on tasty food in one of the three restaurants. Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • Private balcony • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • Bar • 3 restaurants • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Nightclub • Private beach • Laundry EARLYBIRD OFFER: 20% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 90+ DAYS IN ADVANCE, 15% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 60+ DAYS IN ADVANCE & 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 30+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 06JAN19-31MAR19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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Famous for its dramatic limestone scenery and picture-perfect beaches, Krabi is a great base on any trip to Thailand. Get the most out of a trip here with this action-packed tour. Take a boat out to Koh Phi Phi on Day 2 and enjoy snorkelling and lazing on beaches. On Day 3, spend the whole day kayaking on the mangroves of Ao Thalane. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, herons and kingfishers. Head off at any point of Day 4. Departs: Daily Accommodation: J Mansion hotel or similar (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport: Join-in airport transfers and transport included Includes: Local English-speaking guides throughout Tour Code: KBVACT

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At the heart of Yangon you'll find the 91m goldplated Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Asia's finest temples.

Float away on a hot air balloon to get a real feel for this wonderful country, with sights of the pretty pagodas below.

Get some sunbathing in. Head to the palm-lined sands of snoozy Ngapali. Enjoy tasty seafood or meander around by bike.

Myanmar contains almost every habitat except the desert. From the north's frozen alpine mountains to the south's tropical jungles.

There's widespread superstition in Myanmar about cutting hair. No one cuts their hair on Mondays, Fridays or their birthday.

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MYANMAR ON A SHOESTRING 14 DAYS, Chiang Mai

$1,799

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Arrive in Chiang Mai at any time on Day 1. Thailand's second city has plenty on offer so if you have the time, set out to explore its temples, sample some delicious food and soak up the city's down-to-earth charm and cultural drawcards. Next day, cross the border into Myanmar and travel inland to Kengtung, the capital of the Golden Triangle region and one of the country's most attractive towns. Enjoy quiet, pagoda-lined streets and the sense of isolation in a city located in a sea of mountains. Take in the views on an included full-day trek through rice paddies and along a countryside dotted by hilltribes, who follow a way of life that has changed little in centuries. (B)

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Departures 2019/20

Day 1-3 Chiang Mai / Kengtung

Feb 20

• Walk the world's longest teak bridge • Party up a storm in Bangkok • G for Good collection

Jan

• Take in the views in Kengtung • Learn local fishing techniques on Inle Lake • Visit the temples of Bagan

Accommodation: Twin-share simple hotels (11 nts), overnight bus (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, public bus, plane Meals: 9 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $205-270 for meals not included

Jan 20

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Day 4-8 Inle Lake / Bagan On Day 4, catch a quick flight to serene Inle Lake, one of Myanmar's top attractions. The lake is home to the Intha tribe, stilt-house villages and floating gardens. Witness how locals get around using traditional flat-bottomed skiffs propelled by a single wooden paddle, a unique Intha technique of leg rowing. Choose to explore the area on a bike, take a cooking class, or tour the lake's floating villages and garden by boat. On Day 7, visit the ancient site of Bagan, located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River and home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ruins in the world. Enjoy a sunrise temple tour to see one of the most beautiful sunrises on earth, then spend the rest of the day at leisure, visiting the nearby villages or to exploring the site's stupas a little more. (4B)

Day 9-12 Mandalay / Yangon After breakfast at the G for Good Sanon Training Restaurant and Culinary School - a project aimed at providing accessible training for young people in the region - travel on to Mandalay. On arrival, opt to visit a nearby village to get a glimpse into local life. Choose to explore Mandalay's ancient temples or pay a visit to the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, set on a wide, shallow lake where you can opt to cross the footbridge, incidentally the world's longest teak bridge. On Day 10, catch a night bus to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. The following day, enjoy an orientation walk of the city and learn about the diversity of its cultures, communities and religions. Visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site for the people of Myanmar, and also the most impressive. Did you know that its crown, known as a 'hti' is home to 2,317 rubies and 5,448 diamonds? Make sure you've got your camera! (3B)

Like that? Try this… Customise your trip Balloons over Bagan Take to the skies over the temples of Bagan in a hot-air balloon.  Fr $423

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Day 13-14 Bangkok Catch a flight back to Thailand and frenetic capital Bangkok. Here you can choose to head along to Wat Pho Temple to pay a visit to the Giant Reclining Buddha, (a whopping 15 metres tall and 46 metres long), get your history fix at the Bangkok National Museum, or opt to have a relaxing Thai massage to ease those muscles. Alternatively, delve into busy urban life, sample some delicious street food and enjoy a final night with the group. On Day 14, bid your farewells as your adventure concludes and you are free to depart at any time. (B)

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Impressive, out-of-this-world and largely untouched by modern influence, welcome to Myanmar! You have two weeks to walk, hike and roam this stunning region, from the temples and ruins of Bagan to rice paddies and rural hilltribes. With two flights included to avoid long travel days, you can make the most of your time and immerse yourself in Burmese culture. Come and experience this fascinating country that's been off the radar for far too long. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTB


CLASSIC MYANMAR ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Yangon

$2,699

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MYANMAR

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAABCB

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Private bus, public bus, plane, boat, bike Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $230-300 for meals not included

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On your arrival, explore Yangon's historic streets and revel in their colonial-style charm. Kick off Day 2 with a visit to the world-famous golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world's most famous and iconic pagodas. Next up, it's time for a hike up to Golden Rock, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, for an overnight stay. It's a one-hour hike to its summit, where your simple but beautifully-located hotel awaits. (B)

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Day 1-2 Yangon / Golden Rock

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Departures 2019/20 Jan

• Boat trip down the Irrawaddy River • Discover the ancient ruins of Bagan • G for Good collection

Feb

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• Explore Yangon, Myanmar's largest city • Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda • Wander around Mandalay's temples

Day 3-5 Yangon / Mingun / Mandalay On Day 3 you'll journey back to Yangon, stopping in Mingaladon to see the reclining Buddha or the Htauk Kyunt War Memorial. Later, head back to Yangon for the evening. Be sure to check out the markets, and head to Chinatown for some fantastic food. On Day 4, take an early flight to Mandalay. On arrival, take a tour of some famous sights including the Golden Monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery. On Day 5, travel to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura. Visit the Mahagandayong Monastery, home to more than 1,000 monks, and travel by boat along the Elephant River to the village of Mingun. While you're here, you can opt to traverse the world's longest teak bridge it's more than 1km long! (3B)

Day 6-10 Bagan / Kalaw Day 6, cruise down the Irrawaddy River and stumble across ancient Bagan, the first capital of the Burmese people and home to hundreds of temples and stupas. It's also known as Temple Town, for obvious reasons. Later, browse the Nyaung Oo marketplace and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Burmese locals. On Day 9, enjoy a half-day trek up Mt. Popa (Sanskrit for flower), and pass by food stalls and Burmese herbal remedies stores on the way. In Kalaw, a former British hill station, meet a local hilltribe. Enjoy the cooler air and soak up the surrounding scenery. (5B, L)

Like that? Try this… Customise your trip Balloons over Bagan Take to the skies over the temples of Bagan in a hot-air balloon.  Fr $423

Day 11-12 Inle Lake Enjoy a free morning to meander Kalaw before travelling on to serene Inle Lake, home to the Intha people. On Day 12, visit some of the floating villages and gardens, stopping en route to visit the Pindaya Caves, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. There were more than 8,000 Buddhas placed here during the 18th and 19th centuries, believed to be the most consistent collection of Buddhist iconography anywhere in Myanmar. (2B)

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Day 13-14 Yangon

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On Day 13, fly Myanmar's length to head back to Yangon. Bid farewell to your travel group over a traditional dinner later this evening at the G for Good supported project LinkAge Training Restaurant. This initiative trains children and teenagers in the hospitality industry to help them secure jobs. Travellers here get to eat at and visit this training restaurant, and meet the students, who receive housing, social support, counselling and education. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 14. (2B, D)

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MAGICAL MYANMAR 13 DAYS, Mandalay

$1,954

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Yangon

Independent Tour

highlights

• Explore Mandalay by bike • Walk on the U Bein bridge • Float down the Irrawaddy

• Visit the temples of Bagan • Opt for a hot-air balloon • Bargain at Yangon market

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Bagan, Myanmar

Day 4-8 Bagan / Nyaung Shwe / Kalaw Day 4, enjoy a half-day cycling tour of the ancient city of Bagan, taking in sights including the Ananda Temple, the quintessential Myanmar village of Phwa Saw, and the magnificent Dhammayangyi Temple, dating all the way from 1170 AD! The following day, enjoy an optional hot-air balloon ride over the site's Buddhist temples (Oct-Mar). We recommend booking this as early as possible; demand is high for a reason! On Day 6, transfer by night bus to Nyaung Shwe and spend the whole of Day 7 in a longtail boat on Inle Lake, a photographer's dream. Make sure you check out the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, famous for its Buddha statues. Day 8, take the train to Kalaw and enjoy the scenery of the Shan Hills. (5B)

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Mandalay Bagan Kalaw

Day 9-13 Kalaw / Yangon

Nyuang Shwe

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Deluxe rooms in hotels (12 nts) Meals: 12 breakfasts Transport: Bus, bike, train, ferry, longtail boat Includes: All transfers, English-speaking guides, boat and entry fees Tour Code: MDLMMT

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Take a spectacular hike to Myinmahti village, inhabited by the ethnic Danu minority, and explore a 312m-deep limestone cave nearby. Travel to Yangon on Day 10 by night bus, arriving early the following morning at around 6am. Wander its streets and visit a tea house that can be practically found on every corner, noticeable by their little colourful plastic tables and chairs. For some peace, walk around the Kandawgi Nature Park or head to the National Museum of Myanmar to uncover an interesting collection of artwork, artefacts and religious relics. After a day exploring on your own, master the art of haggling at the markets on Day 12. The tour comes to an end the next day. (5B)

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TREASURES OF MYANMAR 13 DAYS, Yangon

$1,871

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Yangon

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• Embark on a trek to Inle • Sightsee in Yangon • Explore thanakha market

• Sleep in a monastery • See the ancient Ava capital • Cycle tour around Thanlyin

Day 1-2 Yangon / Bagan Welcome to Yangon, a city of colonial and spiritual heritage. First up, take a visit to Karaweik Hall before heading on to Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple to see a giant reclining Buddha. Then, make way towards the city centre for a walking tour to see the colonial red-brick buildings built by the British in the 1900s. Journey on to Shwedagon Pagoda in the afternoon, with its golden dome 98 metres above its base. Enjoy a hilltop sunset before bedding down. The next day you'll fly to Bagan, an archaeological site from the 10th century and home to 2,200 temples. Next, visit Gawdawpalain, Anandar Temple and Dhammyangyi before heading to a traditional lacquer-ware shop in the afternoon. (B)

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Day 3-6 Mandalay / Kalaw Transfer to Pakkoku and hit up the biggest thanakha market in Myanmar before treating yourself to some local street food and tea in a local tea shop. Then we'll drive on to the village of Kyunkalay to explore. Fly on to Mandalay the following day, the cultural centre of Myanmar. In the afternoon, stroll around the foot of Mandalay hill to see the Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery. Day 5, pay a visit to Phayagyi, home to the country's largest monastery. Next up, discover the ancient capital of Ava and Sagaing, home to 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries. The next day, you're on to Kalaw, stopping at a village for lunch en route. (4B, L)

Mandalay Bagan Kalaw

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Day 7-13 Inle / Yangon It's time to buckle up for your trek to Inle! Discover a variety of local villages and take in beautiful scenery by day, including Inle Lake, and bed down in basic huts, a monastery and hotels. Arrive in Inle on Day 9 and enjoy two days to explore. Fly to Yangon on Day 11 and continue to Bogyoke's handicraft market and pay a visit to Botataung Pagoda. The next day, it's a cycle tour around Thanlyin! See the Portuguese Church, paddy villages, Nga Pa village, the local monastery and the Rattan-ware workshops. The trip ends the following day. (7B, 4L, 2D)

Inle Lake

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), local home or monastery (2 nts) Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: English-speaking local guide (Days 1-11 except transfer) Group Size: Max 12 Tour Code: RGNTRE

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Arrive at any time on Day 1 into the city of Mandalay. The next day, get your bearings with a morning city tour by car and soak up popular sights like the Mahamuni Pagoda and the beautiful Shwenandaw Monastery, the only Royal Palace building to survive the World War II bombings. During the afternoon, get on your bike and head south to the countryside to experience the local culture of the U Bein community, and pay a visit to the world's longest teak bridge. Day 3, travel via ferry along the scenic Irrawaddy River towards Bagan. (2B)


CLASSIC MYANMAR 8 DAYS, Yangon

$1,413

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Yangon

highlights

• Explore Chaukhtatgyi Temple • Visit ancient capital Ava • Ywama floating village

• Walking tour of Yangon • See Gawdawpalin Temple • Explore historic Amarapura

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Day 1-2 Yangon / Bagan Transfer to your hotel and make your first visit to Haraweik Hall, an impressive Golden Palace on the eastern shore of Kandawgyi Lake. Head on to Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple to see the giant reclining Buddha Image. Transfer to the city centre for a walking tour to experience Yangon's eclectic mix of sites and architecture. It's on to the Shwedagon Pagoda in the afternoon, boasting a dome covered in 60 tons of pure gold. Next morning you'll fly to Bagan, an archaeological site from the 10th century. Pay visits to Gawdawpalin, one of Bagan's most imposing monuments, and Anandar Temple, a fine example of excellently preserved Mon architecture before heading onto Dhammyangyi and a traditional lacquer-ware workshop. (B)

Inle Lake, Myanmar

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Day 3-4 Bagan / Mandalay Visit the enchanting Nyaung Oo market to see how the locals live here. Spend the rest of the day temple-hopping and enjoying a cycling tour around Bagan before bedding down. Day 4, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay, the country's treasured cultural centre. Stroll around the food of Mandalay hill that afternoon to observe Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery and Kuthowadaw Pagoda, allegedly home to the world's largest book of Buddhist scripture. (2B)

Mandalay Bagan Inle Lake

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Local English-speaking guide (Days 1-7 except transfer) Group Size: Max 12 Tour Code: RGNCLA

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Day 5-8 Mandalay / Inle Lake / Yangon Visit Phayagyi before carrying on to the ancient capital of Amarapura, home to the country's largest monastery. Venture to the 14th century capital of Ava, across the Myit Nge river, to observe monasteries. Travel on to Sagaing, peppered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries. Day 6, fly to Heho for a sightseeing tour of the lake by boat. Next, you'll visit the Phaungdaw Oo pagoda, the floating village of Ywama, Inpawkhon and Npaphechaung. Day 7, fly back to Yangon where you'll visit Bogyoke market with an array of handicraft, pay a visit to Botataung Pagoda and explore local markets. Head to so-called BBQ Street for some tasty local street food. Depart the next day at any time. (4B)

Yangon

EXPERIENCE MYANMAR 8 DAYS, Mandalay

$1,113

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Yangon

Independent Tour

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• Cycling tour of Mandalay • Rural community visit • Inle Lake longtail boat ride

• Free time to explore Bagan • Optional hot-air balloon • Discover Yangon's pagodas

Day 1-2 Mandalay / Nyaung Shwe Arrive at Mandalay airport and transfer to your hotel. The fun starts on Day 2 with a driving city tour that takes you to the Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Shwenandaw Monastery as well as some local tapestry workshops. Drive south to the countryside, and get on your bikes for a leisurely ride. Travel through farmland to the local community of U Bein, and finish up at the U Bein bridge at Amarapura. Catch the night bus to Nyaung Shwe at around 10pm. (B)

U Bein, Myanmar

Day 3-4 Nyaung Shwe Arrive early and head for breakfast at a local tea shop. Feel free to spend the day at leisure, or sign up to optional activities like a half-day wine tasting tour at the Red Mountain Estate. On Day 4, it's time to take to the waters of Inle Lake. First up, a longtail boat ride to Indaing for a visit to the Nyaung Ohak Pagoda. Then, head to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. (2B)

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Day 5-6 Nyaung Shwe / Bagan Travel to Bagan by bus, and make the most of the region's temples over the next couple of days. Fancy something a little more special? Sign up to an optional hotair balloon ride over the ancient site, and gain a completely new perspective on Myanmar's most treasured buildings from the skies. Tonight, board the overnight bus to Yangon. (2B)

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Day 7-8 Yangon Make your final approach to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and opt for an afternoon tour of the Shwedagon Pagoda which comes in at an impressive 2,500 years old. Transfer to the airport on Day 8. (2B)

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts Includes: All tours and transfers mentioned in the itinerary, all transfers by private air con car, entry fees as mentioned, local English-speaking guide, boat trips, service charges Tour Code: DTMMYA

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LUANG PRABANG

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ANGKOR WAT

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Vieng Xai's war shelter caves were in use between 1964 and1975, and are open to visitors. Check out Kaysone Phomvihane.

Cambodia's epic temple complex and 'Tomb Raider' backdrop is the only building to feature on a national flag.

Perhaps it's the influence of all the reclining Buddhas but this part of the world is full of the most laid-back people you'll ever meet.

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Hanoi Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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This trip is one of our favs, and yours too according to our best-selling list! Come find out what all the fuss is about, and fall in love with two of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATCV

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• Explore Bangkok's vibrant streets • Visit Siem Reap's Angkor Wat • Snorkel along Cambodia's coast

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, junk boat, local boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $215-280 for meals not included

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• Enjoy a Khmer meal in a small village • Sail through mystical Halong Bay • G for Good collection

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Day 1-3 Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat Arrive into Bangkok at any time and explore the city. If you have time, visit one of its temples or make for a street food market before meeting with your group this evening. On Day 2, travel to Siem Reap and indulge in a traditional Khmer meal at the G for Good New Hope Training Restaurant on the outskirts of Siem Reap. This outreach centre directly employs 24 people and provides free education, training and counselling to over a thousand young people in the community. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of Angkor Wat, constructed during the Khmer empire's peak in the 12th century and an important site for both Hinduism and Buddhism. (2B, D)

Day 4-7 Phnom Penh / Sihanoukville Transfer to Cambodia's riverside capital for cafés, shady streets, funky bars and thriving markets. Enjoy a walking tour and choose from optional trips to the Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields since the despotic rule of Pol Pot. For the next two days, relax on the beaches of Cambodia's southern coast. Visit one of the nearby islands or opt for a snorkelling boat trip. (3B)

Day 8-10 Can Tho / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City Cross into Vietnam and opt for a Mekong River boat trip before overnighting in a village homestay. Day 9, enjoy a street food crawl in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, you can opt to check out the Cu Chi Tunnels on a guided tour or visit the War Remnants Museum. Day 10, board an overnight train to Nha Trang. (2B, D)

Day 11-14 Nha Trang / Hoi An In your free time, make the most of Nha Trang's fantastic snorkelling conditions, visit the nearby mud baths or tour the area by motorbike. On Day 12, take to the rails on a sleeper train to Hoi An and arrive early the next morning. Watch a noodle-making demo and lunch at G for Good's Oodles of Noodles, a programme that provides at-risk youth with training and qualifications in hospitality. This evening, a street food crawl awaits! (2B, L)

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Day 15-17 Hue / Hanoi / Halong Bay

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Halong Bay

Continue your journey north to the city of Hue. Opt to visit the Royal Citadel and tombs, take a Perfume River Cruise, or tour the countryside by motorbike before hopping on another overnight train to Hanoi. On Day 17, marvel at the dreamlike islands of Halong Bay on a seafood lunch cruise and enjoy a cave visit. (2B, L)

Day 18-20 Hanoi Explore dozens of traditional guild streets that make up Hanoi's ancient Old Quarter. Opt to see Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, the Hoa Lo Prison or go wild shopping in the Old Quarter. On Day 20, leave the mayhem of Hanoi's streets and say goodbye to your co-travellers. (3B)

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ESSENTIAL VIETNAM & CAMBODIA 17 DAYS, Hanoi

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Bangkok Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVEV

inclusions highlights

• Stargazing on a Halong Bay junk boat • Shopping in Hanoi and Hoi An • Cruise the lush waterways of the Mekong

• Tour the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat • Learn war history at the Killing Fields • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi Arrive into Hanoi on Day 1 and spend time at leisure before meeting your group this evening. Navigate the scooterfilled streets, opt to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), get a taste for the (cheap) local beer, and meander the historic old quarter littered with open-fronted bars and little shops selling trinkets. The next day, you're off to see the limestone karsts of Halong Bay. And yes, it's just like you imagined! Hop aboard a traditional wooden junk and set sail around the islands. Tuck in to fresh seafood for lunch then dive into the emerald waters. Spend the night up on deck with a beer before travelling back to Hanoi the next day for an overnight train to Hue. (2B, 2L, D)

Accommodation: Hotels (14 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, plane, cyclo, boat Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $185-240 for meals not included

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Typically 13-26 departures per month

Day 4-9 Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City Once the imperial capital, Hue is surrounded by some of Vietnam's most beautiful countryside, scattered as it is with the tombs of Nguyen Emperors and timeless temples. Head on a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda. Day 5, take in the scenic views on the twisting Hai Van Pass before arriving into Hoi An. Over the next few days, discover the rich trading heritage of the city and call by its many markets, galleries, shops, craft stalls and quaint local restaurants. Oh, and there's a beach as well! You'll also enjoy a noodle-making demonstration at G for Good's Oodles of Noodles, a project that provides training in hospitality and tourism for at-risk young people in Vietnam. Your visit will help contribute to the funding of tuition, safe housing, healthcare and social inclusion activities for enrolled students, all part of G for Good's goal of supporting sustainable projects for vulnerable people and communities worldwide. On Day 8, fly to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy sights including the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong guerrillas during combat. (5B, L)

Day 10-12 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City / Phnom Penh The lush green serpentine waterways of the Mekong Delta are a thriving centre of cottage industries, floating markets and orchards. Enjoy a boat cruise through the islands, villages, and markets of the Mekong Delta and see traditional candy factories. Get a feel for life on the banks of this enigmatic river, the seventh-longest in Asia. On Day 11, travel to Phnom Penh, once known as the Pearl of Asia. Get stuck in to the thriving café culture or simply wander the shady streets and colourful markets. Set off on a guided tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (the Killing Fields) before a cyclo tour of the colonial district. You also have free time to explore further and opt to visit the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the markets. (3B)

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Halong Bay

Day 13-17 Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Bangkok On Day 13, check out the growing tourist town of Siem Riep and surrender to the wonder of Angkor Wat on a guided tour. Arrive early for sunrise and admire the tantalising blend of art and architecture. In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the G for Good New Hope Training Restaurant. Day 16, travel to Bangkok and spend your last night out on the town exploring the nightlife! Your tour ends on Day 17. (5B, D)

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Another perennial favourite, this wide-ranging adventure showcases Vietnam and Cambodia's cultures and natural wonders side by side. Tuck into fresh fish, check out imperial citadels and tombs and explore a darker side of the region's history. With a final blowout in Thailand's capital Bangkok, you might find yourself staying a long time.


MEKONG RIVER ENCOMPASSED 10 DAYS, Siem Reap

$2,599

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Ho Chi Minh City

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Discover ornate temples • Visit the Killing Fields • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Chnok Tru Arrive at any time in Siem Reap ready for an early rise the next morning. Catch sunrise at magical Angkor Wat and enjoy lunch at the G Adventures supported initiative, the New Hope Project. Then it's off to the floating self-sufficient village of Chnok Tru and Kampong Chhnang's local market. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 4-5 Kampong Tralach / Koh Chen / Phnom Penh

Toum Tiou II Riverboat, Mekong River

Today it's off to Kampong Tralach to check out the local monastery, then to Koh Chen to meet a Khmer Rouge survivor. End the day in Phnom Penh with a cyclo tour of its temples and markets. Choose to enjoy dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers in town that evening. Visit S21 Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields on Day 5, explore the Grand Palace in your free time, and see an on-board Aspara show in the evening. (2B, L, D)

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Visit the ornately-decorated Vinh Trang Pagoda, home to colossal Buddha statues, and cruise to Thoi Son Island by boat. Meet traditional musicians and opt for lunch on land. Continue to the lively city of Ho Chi Minh via the Cho Gao canal (or, alternatively, cycle there!) before a captain's dinner. Here, see the Cu Chi Tunnels before the tour ends on Day 10. (3B, D)

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Cross the border into Vietnam and say hello to some feathery friends at the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary. Visit the Kien An Cung Pagoda before continuing on to Vinh Long. Then sail to Cai Be by local boat and drop anchor near Thoi Son Island. (2B, L, 2D)

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Day 6-7 Chau Doc / Sa Dec / Vinh Long

Trip Style: Marine Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Riverboat (7 nts), hotels (2 nts) Transport: Riverboat, private vehicle Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow for USD $75-100 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: GAAOLZSE

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CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

• See sunrise at Angkor Wat • Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels

$2,199

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Bangkok

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Angkor Wat temple complex • Tuck in to Khmer cuisine • Cambodia Killing Fields visit

• Spot rare Mekong dolphins • Kuang Si waterfalls trip • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Siem Reap Arrive in Bangkok and meet your group. Day 2, travel to Cambodia and make for Siem Reap to explore the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, once the capital of the Khmer Empire and UNESCO Heritage Site since 1992. Later, sample a traditional Khmer meal at a G for Good supported initiative, the New Hope project. This project trains local young Khmers, helping them build up experience in the hospitality industry. If time allows, explore the Tonle Sap floating village or the Angkor museum. Opt to hit the town that evening for a tasty dinner and to enjoy the nightlife. (2B, D)

Mekong River

Day 4-7 Phnom Penh / Kratie / Steung Treng / Don Khong Travel to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. See the dark side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) and Tuol Sleng Prison. Day 6, opt to spot the Mekong's rare Irrawaddy River dolphins and on Day 7, stay in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Mekong in the heart of Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands). (4B)

inclusions Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Private bus, local bus, plane, boat, train Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATCM

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Day 8-11 Champasak / Dong Deng / Luang Prabang Travel to the riverside town of Champasak via Wat Phu Champasak. Tonight, stay with the locals on Dong Deng Island and taste some local cuisine. Day 9, continue to Luang Prabang. Visit the Ethnology Museum and take a trip to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. If you want to experience the town monks' alms-giving, you'll need to be up before dawn! (3B, D)

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Bangkok Siem Reap

Day 12-15 Vang Vieng / Vientiane / Bangkok Travel to the picturesque town of Vang Vieng, nestled along the Nam Song River and surrounded by limestone karsts. Opt to cycle, kayak, go caving or swim in the river. Day 13, arrive at one of Asia's sleepiest capitals, Vientiane, and head out to visit its beautiful temples. It also happens to be a great spot for a massage! Later on Day 14, take the overnight train to Bangkok, where the tour ends the next morning. (3B)

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CAMBODIA & LAOS UNCOVERED 9 DAYS, Luang Prabang

$1,645

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Siem Reap

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See an Angkor Wat sunrise • Meet Laos' Buddhist monks • Help out local charities

• Swimming in Vang Vieng • Learn of the Killing Fields • Luang Prabang bike tour

Arrive at any time in Luang Prabang and meet your crew. Rise early the next day to see the local Laotian ritual of offering alms to lines of Buddhist monks and then explore the UNESCO-listed city by bike. Meet local artisans at the Ock Pop Tock Centre and take the optional trip out to Kuang Si Falls. (B)

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LAOS ON A SHOESTRING 9 DAYS, Vientiane

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Chiang Mai

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Sail down the Mekong River • See Laos' impressive temples • Giving of alms in north Laos

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Today we fly to Siem Reap, home to loads of pubs and the magical UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument worldwide! Its name aptly translates as City of Temples, and is arguably Cambodia's most-visited site. Spend the day exploring markets or just take it easy. Rise early on Day 8 for a chance to see the sun rise over this jungle-tangled temple complex, whose ruins stretch over 400 square kilometres. Opt for quad biking at sunset or just chill with your group before saying goodbye the next day. (3B)

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Leave the riverside cafés for the quaint capital of Vientiane. Tour the ornate temples like Pha That Luang and take time out to lend a hand at the COPE Centre, a local charity working with land mine victims. Take to the skies the next morning as you make for the friendly, tree-lined streets of Phnom Penh. Learn of the horrific Khmer Rouge rule at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum before lightening the mood at the life-changing TREE Alliance Restaurant. (2B, D)

Trip Style: Discoverer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share 3* hotels (8 nts) Transport: Air con coach, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Trip Manager, English-speaking local guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COLAKH

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Day 5-6 Vientiane / Phnom Penh

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Luang Prabang

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After a scenic overland journey through stunning countryside and limestone karsts, tuck into piles of well-deserved Lao pancakes in Vang Vieng. During your two nights here you can explore caves, discover secret swim holes and try some optional kayaking and caving. (2B, L)

• Included street food crawls • Overnight with a local family • G for Good collection

Day 1 Vientiane Begin the tour in Laos' capital Vientiane. Opt to visit the golden stupa of That Luang or scour the local markets.

Day 2-4 Vang Vieng Next up, Vang Vieng, one of Laos' most beautiful areas, situated on the banks of the Nam Song River with a backdrop of limestone karsts and lush greenery. You have three days here to soak up the surroundings. Make the most of the region's activities including hiking, cycling, swimming and caving. Leave for Luang Prabang on Day 4 where you'll get settled in with a CEO-led orientation walk. (3B)

Vang Vieng, Laos

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Day 5 Luang Prabang / Mekong River Wake up early to witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks, visit the night market in the evening. You might want to take a cooking class, check out the ancient temples or cool off at the Kuang Si Waterfalls. (B)

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Day 6-7 Mekong River / Chiang Khong

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All aboard for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong towards the border at Chiang Khong. Pass by sleepy villages and floating markets and get a front-row seat to the beautiful scenery. Overnight at a G for Good Mekong River Homestay. (2B, L, D)

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Day 8-9 Chiang Mai Off towards Chiang Mai! On the way, stop by the White Temple and look out for sci-fi-inspired murals on the inside. Arrive at Chiang Mai in the afternoon and enjoy some free time before departure day.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Twinshare hotels or multi-share hostels (7 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, slow boat Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAALVC

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Vietnam and Laos on a Shoestring (GAAVSC) 20 Days, Fr $2,179

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CAMBODIA ON A SHOESTRING 10 DAYS, Bangkok

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Ho Chi Minh City Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

A small country with a big history, Cambodia definitely deserves its place in the big leagues. Over ten days, visit the impressive Angkor Wat, plonk yourself on one of its celebrated white beaches, soak up all things Cambodia in capital Phnom Penh and cross the border into Vietnam to discover the Mekong Delta. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATRC

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• Explore Bangkok's popular bars • Learn some history in Phnom Penh • Visit the Angkor Wat temple complex

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels or multi-share hostels (8 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, air con bus Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included

highlights

• Relax on the beaches of Sihanoukville • Cruise the lush waterways of the Mekong • G for Good collection

Departures 2019 Jan-Dec

Typically 20-30 departures per month

Day 1-3 Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat Arrive at any time and explore Thailand's energetic capital. On Day 2, cross the Cambodian border and travel on to Siem Reap. Enjoy a traditional Khmer meal at the G for Good New Hope Training Restaurant in a village just outside Siem Reap. The revenue collected at the restaurant helps New Hope Cambodia break the cycle of poverty in the region by helping them provide free education and medical care. On Day 3, explore the intricate temples and palaces of Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious building and one of Asia's most-visited sites. Keep in mind that the complex is only a part of the whole story, with recent research pointing to other cities still buried under the forest, some as big as New York! (2B, D)

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Day 4-5 Phnom Penh Absorb the spectacular scenery as you travel by local bus to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. This pleasant riverside city oozes Cambodian charisma and is a hub of political and historical importance. Take a walking tour and check out the city's cafés, shady streets and thriving markets. Alternatively, choose to learn about Cambodia's sombre past at Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, a number of sites where more than a million people were killed and buried during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. (2B)

Day 6-8 Koh Rong / Chambok Transfer to Sihanoukville on Cambodia's southern coast, then take a boat ride to your own private beach on the island of Koh Rong. Its breezy, laid-back attitude will make sure you leave sufficiently recharged! Relax on white sands, opt for a local massage (travelling's hard work isn't it?) and make the most of the island's fresh seafood. There are also plenty of opportunities to go swimming, snorkelling, fishing, hiking and kayaking, so make the most of your free time. Nights without a large moon will also welcome the shimmering blue of phosphorescence to the shores, and an evening dip will be even more magical than usual. Travel back to the mainland on Day 8 and make for Chambok where you'll enjoy the evening in a village homestay, homecooked meal included! (B, D)

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Day 9-10 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City It's on to the Mekong Delta today, a maze of swamps, rivers and islands and peppered with floating markets, pagodas and rice paddies. Later, journey to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. Arrive later that same day to explore the city's rooftop bars and quirky restaurants, then opt for a shopping session at Ben Thanh Market. Get a taste for the city's flavours with a street food crawl with your group, and dine on some of Vietnam's tastiest and most authentic snacks. Those with an interest in Vietnam's recent war history may want to visit the Reunification Palace and the fascinating nearby War Remnants Museum. Another interesting place is Cholon, Saigon's Chinese Quarter. A cyclo will take you to any of these places for a very reasonable price. Also, it's a fun way to travel! Your trip ends shortly after breakfast on Day 10. (2B)

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ULTIMATE CAMBODIAN ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Phnom Penh

$1,549

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Phnom Penh

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Discover energetic Bangkok • Explore Angkor Wat • Rubber tree plantation visit

• Killing Fields history lesson • See rare Irrawaddy dolphins • G for Good collection

Start with two days in Phnom Penh, and a guided visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). On Day 3, continue to colonial Battambang. Opt to explore the countryside or hone your culinary skills with a cooking class. On Day 4, it's on to Siem Reap, once home of the Khmer Empire and the gateway to Angkor Wat. Take a tour with a local guide then enjoy a traditional meal at the G for Good New Hope project, an initiative that supports young Khmers living just outside of Siem Reap and helps to build up their experience in the hospitality industry. (4B, D)

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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Return to Phnom Penh and take a city cyclo tour to see the places you didn't get to the first time around. In your free time, choose to pay a visit to the Royal Palace, National Museum and Central Market before heading home on Day 14. (2B)

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CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE 9 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$1,149

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Bangkok

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore Ho Chi Minh City • Tuol Sleng Prison visit • Mekong floating markets

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Travel to Sihanoukville and take a boat out to sand-tastic Koh Rong, and your own private beach. Feast on fresh seafood, opt to go snorkelling or just chill out on the beach. If you get a night without a bright moon, take a nighttime swim in sea of sparkling blue phosphorescence. Day 11, travel on to Kampot, the home of Bokor National Park, where you can explore Rabbit Island, chow down the famous Kampot peppers, or make the most of a seafood feast in Kep. (2B)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport: Private van, local bus, cyclo, boat, tuk tuk, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-260 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAOPP

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Drive to Kratie on the banks of the Mekong River and take a boat excursion to try to spot the rare Irrawaddy River dolphin. Today's lunch is at the G for Good New Hope Training Restaurant. Day 8, journey on to Kampong Cham - the third-largest city in Cambodia - to visit the Bridge of Jayavarman VII, a silk farm and a rubber tree plantation before an included local dinner. Choose to pedal through villages by bike along the Mekong or pay visits to some rustic temples. (2B)

• See Phnom Penh by cyclo • Guided tour of Angkor Wat • G for Good collection

Day 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City at any time and meet your group and CEO this evening. The next day, hop on a boat cruise through the villages, islands and floating markets of the Mekong Delta. Visit traditional candy factories along the way and learn a little about the industry as well as how to snack like a local. (B)

Day 3-4 Phnom Penh

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Cross into Cambodia on Day 3 and make for the capital. Learn about the darker side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail on a guided tour. Then, enjoy a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh to get your bearings. After that, get to know the city on your own by exploring the cafés and streets, opt to visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum, or take your haggling skills to the Central or Russian markets. (2B)

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Day 5-7 Siem Reap / Angkor Wat The next three days are spent in Siem Reap and visiting Angkor Wat, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. Spend time exploring the vast ruined city with a local guide. You'll soon understand why this is one of Asia's most-visited sites! Get up to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat and enjoy a traditional Khmer-style meal either at a village home or a community charity project. Over the three days, you might also want to pay a visit to the Tonle Sap floating village. Enjoy a traditional Khmer meal either at the G Adventures supported New Hope project, or head for a meal in a local home in a village outside the city. The New Hope Project helps to train local Khmers in hospitality to strengthen their employment opportunities. (3B, D)

Bangkok

Siem Reap / Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh C A M B O D I A

Ho Chi Minh City V I E T N A M

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, cyclo Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $110-145 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVCW

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Day 8-9 Bangkok

Typically 12-29 departures per month

Arrive in bustling Bangkok with time to head out for drinks and an optional farewell meal with your group. The tour ends Day 9, but stay on if you just can't get enough of this incredibly diverse country! (2B)

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CAMBODIA INTRO 10 DAYS, Phnom Penh

$1,000

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Siem Reap

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Angkor Wat temple tour • Khmer cooking class • Island boat trip

Day 1-2 Phnom Penh Touch down in Phnom Penh after your flight and transfer to your hotel. The next day, take a tuk tuk tour through the chaotic streets of Phnom Penh, making two stops en route to the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields to learn about the tragic history of the Khmer Rouge regime. Head out to a local street bar for dinner and drinks before hitting Phnom Penh's nightlife with your group. (B) Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Day 3-5 Kampot / Koh Rong

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CAMBODIA EXPLORER

Dec

$1,230

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Phnom Penh

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill on Koh Rong Samloem • Killing Fields and S21 • Sihanoukville boat trip

Nov

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Arrive in Siem Reap, chill out by the pool then journey to the countryside to uncover floating villages surrounded by lush rice fields, lotus flowers and flooded forests. The next day, explore the famous Angkor Wat, the world's largest temple, then head out for a farewell dinner and party before the tour ends on Day 10. (3B, L, D)

12 DAYS, Siem Reap

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Kampot

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Koh Rong

Day 8-10 Siem Reap

Departures 2019 Aug

Sihanoukville

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Phnom Penh

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Board a private long tail boat to hit up some of the best snorkelling spots around the islands. Lounge on the beach, then watch the sunset as you cruise back to your bungalow. The next day, kick start with a relaxing Khmer massage on the beach, soak up the beauty of Koh Rong before boarding a ferry back to the mainland. Enjoy a dinner in Sihanoukville and prep for your overnight bus journey. (2B)

May

Day 6-7 Koh Rong

Apr

Siem Reap

Mar

C A M B O D I A

Angkor Wat

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), bungalow (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: All transfers included plus airport pick-up Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Activities as per itinerary Group Size: Min 4, Max 20 Tour Code: PNHCAM

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T H A I L A N D

Jan

Head to the countryside province of Kampot, an eclectic mix of dilapidated French colonial buildings, green rice paddy fields and palm tree lined rivers. Spend the next few nights riverside, enjoying some time swimming and tubing. The next day you'll meander the local markets and pay a visit to a pepper plantation to source ingredients for your Khmer cooking class later that day. Day 5, hit the beach! Journey to the island of Koh Rong and check into your traditional Khmer style beach bungalows. Beach lounge and head out for dinner and a party beachside! (3B, 2L)

• Angkor Wat tuk tuk tour • Watersports in Kampot • Siem Reap night out

Day 1-3 Siem Reap / Angkor Wat Settle in with drinks on Pub Street. The following morning, take a Cambodian cooking class where you'll learn how to cook traditional dishes, before taking some tuk tuks out of town and into the rice terraces for a sunset BBQ. The next day, watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat before heading to Phnom Penh. (L, D)

Day 4-6 Phnom Penh / Kampot

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

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Phnom Penh

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Head back to Phnom Penh by minibus, where you'll have one final night together with your group. And, a farewell dinner. Followed by drinks, naturally! Check-out is on Day 12. If you have any questions about your onward travel, talk to your tour leader. (D)

Siem Reap

May

Day 11-12 Phnom Penh

C A M B O D I A

Angkor Wat

Jan

Arrive at the beachside town of Sihanoukville. During the day, take a boat out to find a good snorkelling spot, and hit the beachside bars in the evening as you gear up for a night out. Next up is two nights in Koh Rong Samloem, a small island resort complete with over-water swings (the dream), hammocks and a private beach. (L)

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Transport: Private minibus, boat Meals: 2 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Group leader and local guide Group Size: Max 18 Includes: All transport, activities as per itinerary Tour Code: PHPCMD

Apr

Day 7-10 Sihanoukville / Koh Rong Samloem

Mar

T H A I L A N D

Feb

Visit the sobering sights of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison (S21), a former secret prison and now a genocide museum. Then, make your way south, stopping at a riverside town called Kampot. Chill out on pontoons and even squeeze in a river cruise before making your way to one of Cambodia's stunning beaches.

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• Tuk tuk through Phnom Penh • Tour of the Killing Fields • River kayaking and tubing

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CAMBODIA ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Phnom Penh

$999

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Siem Reap

highlights

• Explore capital Phnom Penh • Cycle through local villages • Visit S21 and the Killing Fields

• Enjoy the sunset in Kampot • Visit Koh Rong Samloem • Discover Angkor Wat

Arrive on Day 1, and meet the rest of the group. Your first activity is a guided tour of the S21 and Killing Fields. Both these sites conjure up the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime, one being the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the other only one of many mass grave sites use during the regime's genocide. Spend the evening back in the city. Chill out on the banks of the Mekong before dinner time, where you'll be able to dig in to some tasty... tarantula?! On Day 2, make your way to the riverside town of Kampot, stopping by a local pepper farm and a refreshing infinity pool on the way. On arrival, check out the town before an optional sunset cruise. (B)

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Sihanoukville

Kampot

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Koh Rong Samloem

Day 7-8 Battambang / Siem Reap

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Departures 2019/20 Jul

C A M B O D I A

Phnom Penh

Jun

Take the road north to Battambang. Arriving on the banks of the Sangkae River late afternoon, sign up to an optional visit to the Battambang Circus! Dinner is included tonight, so you can enjoy traditional Khmer fare. The following day, gear up for an included bike ride through the Cambodian countryside to visit local communities and learn about their livelihoods. Later on, set your eyes on Siem Reap. (2B, D)

May

Day 5-6 Battambang / Siem Reap

Apr

Angkor Wat

Mar

Siem Reap Battambang

Trip Style: Standard Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share 2-3* hotels (5 nts), twin-share hostel (2 nts) Transport: Air con private transport Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour Leader Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: BU

Feb

T H A I L A N D

Head west to Sihanoukville and spend the day relaxing on Otres Beach. Tonight, go bar hopping along the beachfront, make the most of the lively nightlife and call it 'cultural' (we all do it). On Day 4, make your way to Koh Rong Samloem on an included boat trip and enjoy another day of relaxation on this idyllic island. Head back to the mainland late afternoon and enjoy an optional barbecue dinner. (2B, L)

Jan

Day 3-4 Sihanoukville / Koh Rong Samloem

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

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Set the alarm early today to catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. Sign up for an optional tour to see the Bayon Temple, the Terrace of the Elephants and the socalled 'Tomb Raider' temple with a local guide. The tour ends on Day 8. (2B)

CAMBODIAN MAGIC 8 DAYS, Sihanoukville

$1,299

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Sihanoukville

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• See beautiful Sihanoukville • Explore Rabbit Island • Free day in Kampot

• Visit Kep fishing village • Pepper plantation farm • Swim in the Secret Lake

Day 1-2 Sihanoukville / Kep Welcome to Sihanoukville, Cambodia's cherished beach destination. Settle into your hotel before heading off on an exploration of this colourful historical town. Opt to visit Wat Leu Temple or choose to relax on the beach. The next day, it's on to the small fishing village of Kep to admire the French colonial architecture and visit the famous Kep Crab Market. That evening, wander around the town and meet and mingle with the locals. (B)

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Day 3-4 Koh Tonsay / Kep

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Koh Tonsay

Day 7-8 Koh Rong / Sihanoukville

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Kampot

Mar

Sihanoukville

Feb

Enjoy a free day at leisure in Kampot. Walk through this riverside town, admiring the historic French architecture as you go. If you're feeling up to it, take a hike into Bokor National Park to pay a visit to the famous abandoned palace. The next day, it's time for some more relaxation in Koh Rong in our favourite hideaway. (2B)

Mar 20

Day 5-6 Kampot / Koh Rong

Feb 20

C A M B O D I A

Jan 20

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Twin-share rooms in hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private mini van, ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts Group Leader: Trip Manager and local guides Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: COKHSI

Jan

Kick off with a short boat ride and enjoy a full day trip to the palm-fringed island paradise on rustic Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island). Take a dip in the sea, sample the local seafood, or just put your feet up in a hammock with a cold drink in hand. The perfect getaway and digital detox. The next day, you'll venture from Kep to the charming Kampot, stopping at the La Plantation pepper farm en route to learn about what makes Kampot famous. Set off in search of the Secret Lake where you'll enjoy a dip before checking out the lively market town with a range of bars and restaurants. (2B)

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Enjoy another free day to soak up the tropical vibes of Koh Rong. Weave through the jungle paths to the lively port of White Beach; its shores lined with fun local bars. Or, head on to the beach and enjoy a game of volleyball or football. Day 8, it's time to wave your goodbyes to paradise as you board a boat to Sihanoukville and the mainland where your trip ends. (2B)

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VIETNAM ON A SHOESTRING 12 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$1,029

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Hanoi Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

An irresistible fusion of cultures, flavours and fantastic people, Vietnam will grab you right by the horns. From thriving Ho Chi Minh City to charming Hoi An, and from ancient pagodas to the paradise of Halong Bay, this affordable tour ticks all the boxes, and the price tag means you'll have plenty of money left for all those tempting street food markets! Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVRV

inclusions • Start in bustling Ho Chi Minh City • Street food crawl in Hoi An • Discover Hue's citadels and pagodas

highlights

• Postcard-worthy scenes at Halong Bay • R&R on the beaches of Nha Trang • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Simple hotel twinshare (1 nt), hostels multi-share (7 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches Budget: Allow USD $125-165 for meals not included

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Jan20

Day 1-4 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang The first day is free for you to ease yourself into the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City. Make sure to return to the hotel by 6pm for a group meeting to meet your fellow travellers. On Day 2, explore the amazing sights the city has on offer. Head to the Cu Chi Tunnels - a complex network of tunnels that locals lived in during the war - the fascinating War Remnants museum or the Reunification Palace. Stop at the Ben Thanh market for a delicious bite to eat from one of the stalls or take a cyclo tour of the city's former colonial quarter. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Nha Trang. Enjoy the next couple of days of relaxation in Nha Trang, whether it's taking a boat to explore nearby islands, snorkelling through warm waters or soaking in mud baths. Day 4, take a night train to Hoi An. (2B)

Day 5-6 Hoi An The picturesque port town of Hoi An is your next destination. Next, head to G for Good's Oodles of Noodles Project for an included lunch where you'll take part in a noodle-making demonstration. This initiative helps at-risk youth in Vietnam to develop their English language and presentation skills to help them build up experience in the hospitality industry. Walk through this living museum visiting cultural sights such as the Museum of History and Culture, the Tan Ky House, a preserved 19th-century merchant's house, and the My Son ruins, an intellectual and religious centre built by the Cham civilisation. Enjoy a street food crawl with your group that evening to taste local delicacies. One particular speciality of Hoi An is the rows of tailors' shops, perfect if you've ever wanted to get yourself a custommade suit at a fraction of the price you'd pay back home. (B, L)

Day 7-9 Hue / Hanoi / Halong Bay Head north to Hue via the Hai Van Pass for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. In Hue, options include a trip to the Royal Citadel (modelled on Beijing's Forbidden City) or a boat trip down Perfume River. Fit in a visit to the city's oldest religious building, the seven-tiered Tien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Tombs to explore the resting places of Vietnam's former rulers. For nature lovers, grab a bike and cycle around the beautiful countryside before getting a sleeper train to Hanoi. Arriving into Hanoi early the next morning, catch a bus to popular Halong Bay for a seafood lunch cruise and cave visit. (2B, L)

Typically 6-26 departures per month

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Hanoi

Day 10-12 Hanoi After breakfast, head to Hanoi for an orientation walk of the city's Old Quarter. Opt to visit the Buddhist temple of Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Hoa Lo Prison or Ho Chi Minh City's Mausoleum. Follow this up with a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and keep your eyes peeled for one of the famous 100-year-old turtles that live in its waters. In the evening, make sure to sample Hanoi's amazing eateries! The tour ends on Day 12 and you can leave at any time after breakfast. (2B)

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VIETNAM HIKE, BIKE & KAYAK 10 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$1,949

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Hanoi

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels • Cycle through epic scenery • Enjoy a traditional homestay

• Trek in the hills of Mai Chau • Kayak in Halong Bay • G for Good collection

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at any time on Day 1. Start the tour properly on Day 2 with a guided bike tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, then enjoy an included village tour with rice paper-making and paper lamp demonstrations. Fly to Hoi An in the afternoon. On Day 3, tuck into a lunch at a partner-supported project, Oodles of Noodles. This initiative helps at-risk youth in Vietnam to develop their English language and presentation skills which will in turn boost their employment opportunities. relax on the beach or opt to take a cooking class, a riverboat trip or visit the My Son ruins. (2B, L)

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi

Day 4-5 Hue Drive over the majestic Hai Van Pass with stunning views of the coast to the ancient capital of Hue. On Day 5, explore the city by bike, including the Citadel and the tomb of Tu Duc. Board an overnight train this evening for the journey to Hanoi. (2B)

Day 6-7 Mai Chau / Hanoi Drive out to Mai Chau and take a trek to visit some of the Thai minorities who call this valley home. Enjoy the views of green rice fields and surrounding mountains then treat your taste buds with a home-cooked meal at a local homestay. On Day 7, return to Hanoi, ride around the quieter suburbs and enjoy a walk of the Old Quarter and take in its beautiful sights in the evening. (2B, L, D)

Halong Bay

Mai Chau

V I E T N A M

Hue Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

inclusions Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Kayak, bike, bus, train, plane, junk boat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $85-110 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVHB

My Own Room Available: Fr $369

Day 8-10 Halong Bay / Hanoi

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Set out to the beautiful islands and caves of Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat cruise and indulge in an included seafood lunch. Spend the afternoon wandering around the surrounding caves. Day 9, admire the limestone karsts of Halong Bay (home to roughly 1,600 limestone islands and islets!) and head on a morning kayak tour, taking in the scenery as you go. Head back to Hanoi for a final night out before your tour ends on Day 10. (3B, 2L, D)

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Mar20

Typically 2-5 departures per month

Ho Chi Minh City

BEST OF VIETNAM 15 DAYS, Hanoi

$1,799

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Ho Chi Minh City

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore vibrant Hanoi • Spectacular scenery in Sapa • Go shopping in Hoi An

• Cruise beautiful Halong Bay • Overnight in a homestay • G for Good collection

Day 1-5 Hanoi / Sapa Arrive in Hanoi and navigate the scooter-filled streets of the vibrant Old Quarter. Choose to visit the opulent Saint Joseph Cathedral of Hanoi, buy some souvenirs at the rough-and-ready Dong Xuan Market, or meander the historic Cau Go Street. On Day 2, check out the water puppets show, an age-old tradition from rural Vietnam, then board the night train to Lao Cai near Sapa. Over the next few days, take in the views of rice terraces and luscious green hills as you trek the villages of Vietnam's colourful hilltribe people. Experience local life, spending a night in a homestay, before travelling back to Hanoi by bus for the evening of Day 5. (3B, 2L, D)

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Sapa

Day 6-11 Halong Bay / Hue / Hoi An Sail through limestone karst islands, explore huge caves and swim in secluded bays as you travel through Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat overnight with fresh seafood meals. Here you'll visit some caves, or journey to an island lookout. Catch the night train to Hue on Day 7. Stroll past the ponds, pavilions and palaces of Vietnam's last imperial court. Explore Tien Mu Pagoda, home to an impressive sevenstorey octagonal tower, and the Royal Tombs, before travelling over the stunning Hai Van Pass to the former trading port of Hoi An on Day 9. Head first to Oodles of Noodles, a noodle making demonstration supported by G Adventures. This initiative helps at-risk youth in Vietnam increase their employment opportunities as they get to practice their English and presentation skills. Optional activities include cooking classes, riverboat cruises, beach time or shopping. (4B, 2L, D)

Day 12-15 Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City A short flight takes you to vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, with time to enjoy an optional bike tour to soak up all its infectious energy. Send your postcards from the pretty French colonial-style post office. On Day 13, take a boat cruise through the countless waterways of the Mekong Delta and dine on traditional cuisine with a local homestay. Return to Ho Chi Minh City on Day 14 to visit the War Remnants Museum or pick up souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market. The tour ends on Day 15. (4B, D)

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Hanoi

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Hue T H A I L A N D

Hoi An

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts), junk boat (1 nt), family homestays (2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $140-185 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVBV

My Own Room Available: Fr $529 C A M B O D I A

Ho Chi Minh City

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Mar20

Selected Wednesdays and Sundays

Mekong Delta

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CLASSIC VIETNAM 10 DAYS, Hanoi

$1,299

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Ho Chi Minh City Small Group Adventure

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CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

Think about Vietnam and what do you see? Limestone karsts rising from the water? Colourful pagodas? Markets packed with spices and fresh seafood? It's pretty close to the mark. On this trip, you'll also sample quintessential Vietnam with visits to the country's most treasured destinations. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, get under the skin of its complicated history and make the most of the warm welcome. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVCH

inclusions highlights

• Check out Hanoi's beautiful Old Quarter • Delve into the Cu Chi Tunnels • Sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay

• Explore two UNESCO-listed cities • Shop in romantic Hoi An • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $100-130 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $409

Day 1 Hanoi Arrive into the capital of Vietnam at any time and get out and explore! Make sure you check out the Old Quarter, a mish-mash of French colonial and traditional architecture, the Hoa Lo prison as well as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. In the evening, head to the city's amazing eateries and sample some traditional Vietnamese food.

Departures 2019/20 Jan19-Mar20

Typically 12-26 departures per month

Day 2-3 Halong Bay / Hanoi On Day 2, it's time for an overnight cruise on the azure waters of Halong Bay, where thousands of sculpted karst limestone islands rise from the crystal blue sea. Explore illuminated caves, have a swim or take to the water in a kayak before a seafood dinner and a peaceful night under the stars. On Day 3, do some more exploring of your own (there are some unbeatable panoramic views around) before catching the overnight sleeper train to Hue. (2B, 2L, D)

Day 4 Hue On arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue, get your bearings with a stroll past lacquered red pavilions and ponds blooming with beautiful lotus flowers. Take a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel and Tien Mu Pagoda and, if you're feeling adventurous, enjoy an optional motorbike tour of the surrounding countryside. Fun fact, Hue was actually the former capital of Vietnam for 143 years (1802-1945). Sadly, many of its major historic sites were destroyed in the Battle of Hue during the Vietnam War. But today, there are many sights you can visit to understand more about its history, and Bach Ma National Park, is home to an array of hiking trails for nature fans.

Day 5-7 Hoi An Travelling over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), you'll eventually reach the graceful and historic town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through the colourful colonial homes, wooden shop houses and pagodas and make out a plan for the next couple of days. Cooking classes, riverboat trips and bike rides could all be on the agenda. Hoi An is also a shopper's paradise, so make for one of the city's low-cost (but fantastic) tailors and get yourself something snazzy! While you're here, you'll also enjoy a noodle-making demonstration at G for Good's Oodles of Noodles, a project that provides training in hospitality and tourism for at-risk young people in Vietnam. This project alone is benefitting 60 people across the city. (3B, L)

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Hanoi

Day 8-10 Ho Chi Minh City A short flight takes you to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the infectious energy of Vietnam's biggest city, with its blinking neon lights and overflowing markets. Enjoy a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you can explore this underground network dug by the Vietnamese to hide and fight during the war. Other options include the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Ben Thanh Market or a cyclo tour around the colonial district. Enjoy a last night out with the group before this short but sweet tour comes to an end on Day 10. (3B)

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Ho Chi Minh City

highlights

• Cyclo Hanoi's Old Quarter • Meet the locals in Mai Chau • Sleep on-deck in Halong Bay

• Explore Cu Chi Tunnels • Visit Hoa Lo Prison • G for Good collection

Arrive at any time and transfer to Hanoi city. The day is yours to spend exploring Vietnam's capital. Next day, travel across the lush Mai Chau Valley to your comfortable lodge, where you can opt to do a walking tour around the hilltribe villages, cycle in the countryside, rock climb, kayak or take a cooking class. (2B)

Day 4-5 Hanoi / Halong Bay

Hoi An, Vietnam

Return to Hanoi to visit Hoa Lo Prison and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with a local guide, and venture on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. On Day 5, have breakfast at Hoa Sua - a training restaurant that helps out underprivileged youth in Hanoi with employment opportunities. Next, head on to Halong Bay, world-famous for its beauty and limestone karst islands. Explore the caves, kayak or hike up one of the islands and overnight on a junk boat. Feeling active? Opt to go kayaking. (2B, L, D)

Hanoi

Halong Bay

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Day 6-8 Hue / Hoi An Spend a morning on the bay before heading back to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. On Day 7, check out the walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace then head to the countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors and impressive royal tombs. Drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Day 8. Here, you'll enjoy a walking tour, and learn how to put together a traditional lantern at the Lifestart Foundation, supported by G Adventures. (3B, L)

Day 9-13 Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City

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Hue Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), junk boat (1 nt), lodge (2 nts) Transport: Bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $155-205 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVHNG

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,349 C A M B O D I A

Enjoy a cooking lesson at the G Adventures supported Oodles of Noodles, which offers a hospitality training programme for at-risk youth in Vietnam. Opt to see the My Son ruins or visit a local tailor shop for a keenly-priced suit. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for an optional cyclo tour then head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, famous for their part in the Vietnam War. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 13. (5B, L, D)

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Typically 1-4 departures per month

Ho Chi Minh City

ULTIMATE VIETNAM ADVENTUTRE 14 DAYS, Hanoi

$1,599

FR

Ho Chi Minh City

highlights

• Sip Bia Hoi in Hanoi • Cycle around rural Vietnam • Explore Vinh Moc Tunnels

• Marvel at Hoi An's Old Town • Sample vibrant nightlife • Visit the Golden Hand Bridge

Day 1-2 Hanoi / Mai Chau Arrive on Day 1, meet your group and join the crowds out and about in Hanoi. See as much as you can and enjoy an included street food tour. Day 2, head way off the beaten track to Mai Chau. Gorge on rural landscapes on a bike ride, tuck into a local dinner and bed down in a traditional stilt house. (B, L, 2D)

Day 3-5 Phong Nha Ke Bang / Hue

Danang, Vietnam

inclusions

Hanoi

C A M B O D I A

Dalat

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Southern Vietnam Adventure (BU) 7 Days, Fr $939

Nha Trang

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After breakfast, it's time for some mountain air! Dalat is a haven for outdoorsy types, so make the most of it. Day 12, head to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the night markets and have dinner at a local restaurant then opt to watch a temple ceremony or visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in your free time. The trip ends on Day 14. (4B)

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Hoi An

Day 10-14 Dalat / Ho Chi Minh City

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Hue

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Phong Nha

Apr

V I E T N A M

After a visit to the Golden Hand Bridge, it's a short drive to one of Asia's bestpreserved Old Towns. Hoi An has quirky cafés, markets and mouthfuls of fresh, traditional cuisine. After three days here, catch an overnight train to Nha Trang for a bit of paradise. Head out on the town and relax on the beach. (4B)

Jan 20

Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share room in 2-3* hotel (11 nts), multi-share in traditional stilt house (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Air conditioned private transport Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Group Leader: Tour Leader Group Size: Max 28 Tour Code: BU

Mar

Day 6-9 Hoi An / Nha Trang

Mai Chau

Feb

Home to the world's longest river cave, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a photographer's dream, so charge up the camera! On route to Hue on Day 5, visit the DMZ (demilitarised zone) and Vinh Moc Tunnels. Arrive in Hue early afternoon with plenty of time to explore before meeting your guide for an optional dinner and drinks. (3B)

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VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS 10 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$1,999

FR

Hanoi

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Explore rural Asia on a bike • Guided tour of Ho Chi Minh • Wander Hanoi's backstreets

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic and progressive city with lots to experience. Enjoy your first night trying Vietnamese specialities and exploring the wealth of bustling nightlife.

Day 2-3 Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City

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Nha Trang

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Today, drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a Chinese-style junk boat and enjoy a tasty seafood dinner and an evening under the stars. On Day 9, return to Hanoi and spend your last evening stocking up on some last-minute souvenirs at the local markets. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 10. (3B, 2L, D)

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C A M B O D I A

Day 8-10 Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi

Departures 2019/20 Aug

Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

Jul

Hue Da Nang

Jun

Take a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel in Hue then visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. Feeling peckish? Sign up to an optional street food tour and try out the city's specialities. On Day 7, fly to Hanoi to explore the Old Quarter and find yourself a bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bar. (2B)

May

V I E T N A M

Day 6-7 Hoi An / Hue / Hanoi

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Plane, private coach, junk boat Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COVIHI

Apr

After a short flight to Da Nang, drive to Hoi An and absorb its blend of foreign influences. Check out the Old Quarter, spy the 400-year-old Japanese bridge and peruse the Chinese temples. Visit a tailor for custom-made clothes, or try a local cooking class. (2B)

inclusions

Mar

Halong Bay

Feb

Hanoi

Day 4-5 Nha Trang / Hoi An

Jan

Take a morning sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City's sights before catching a flight up to the beach paradise of Nha Trang. Get out among the islands on an optional cruise or take time for yourself. (2B)

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VIETNAM EXPERIENCE 12 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh City

$2,379

FR

Hanoi

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Experience Mekong life • Stay in a village guesthouse • Climb through Cu Chi Tunnels

• Stroll historic Hoi An streets • Cyclo ride to Hue's Citadel • Bed down on a junk boat

Day 1-2 Ho Chi Minh / Mekong Delta Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City! Tonight, meet your Trip Manager and co-travellers before exploring the thriving Ben Thanh markets. Day 2, start your two-day journey into the Mekong Delta. Try out the sampans (local boats), learn about local industries, visit the local floating markets and enjoy a fishing experience. See a musical performance before having dinner at your guesthouse (B, L, D) Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Day 3-5 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang

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Ho Chi Minh City

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Climb aboard a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Check out the Sung Sot Caves before stopping for a swim amongst limestone karsts. Dock for sunset and be rocked to sleep by the ocean. Day 11, return to Hanoi and opt for a final group dinner before your trip ends on Day 12. (3B, 2L, D)

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Nha Trang

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C A M B O D I A

Day 10-12 Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi

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Hoi An

T H A I L A N D

Aug

Hue Da Nang

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V I E T N A M

Jun

Fly to Da Nang then travel down to Hoi An. On arrival, take a guided walking tour in the Old Quarter, and head to one of the city's famous tailors. Day 7 is a free day to explore, for checking out galleries and antique shops. On Day 8, travel over the so-called Pass of the Ocean Clouds for views of Da Nang. After arriving at Hue, take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel, before heading on to the Thien Mu Pagoda for views of the Perfume River. Or, opt for a street food walking tour. On Day 9, fly to Hanoi, a city bursting with culture. Visit the Temple of Literature and walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards or relax with a bia hoi (draught beer). (4B)

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels (9 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Plane, private coach, junk boat Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local Englishspeaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COVIEP

May

Day 6-9 Nha Trang / Hoi An / Hue / Hanoi

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Halong Bay

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Hanoi

Feb

Back to Ho Chi Minh City via the Viet Cong's tunnels in Cu Chi. Make your way through part of the 250km tunnel network that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand during the Vietnam War. Day 4, venture on a city tour before catching a flight to Nha Trang, famous for its golden beaches. Indulge in a mineral mud bath and a hot springs experience before tasting Nha Trang by night. (3B)

Jan

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• Visit a tailor in Hoi An • Relax on Nha Trang Beach • Overnight Halong Bay cruise

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VIETNAM INTRO 12 DAYS, Hanoi

$1,400

FR

Ho Chi Minh City

• Rickshaw tour of Hanoi • Halong Bay boat trip • Private island stay

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Riverside homestay • Basket boat fishing • Mekong Delta experience

Get an included transfer from the airport to your hostel and meet your group. On Day 2, discover the secrets of the Viet capital and sample its cuisine on a rickshaw and walking tour. Leave early the next morning for your three-day boat trip of Halong Bay. Go sea kayaking, caving and enjoy some drinks on board. Bed down on the boat. (2B, 2L, D) Halong Bay, Vietnam

Day 4-6 Halong Bay / Ninh Binh Next up, your own private island! Swing the day away in a hammock before heading to the rice paddies of Ninh Binh on Day 5. Explore the countryside, cruise the rivers and catch sunset from your riverside homestay. On Day 6, take a bike ride through the countryside and board a local row boat before tackling the 450 steps of Dragon Mountain viewpoint. Board an overnight train to Hoi An tonight. (2B, 2L, D)

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Ninh Binh

Day 7-9 Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City Arrive in Hoi An and enjoy a day at leisure. On Day 8, visit the nearby coconut groves with a traditional fisherman, try your hand at crab fishing and then learn the secrets of Vietnamese cooking in a traditional cooking class. On Day 9, fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive early in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day to relax and explore. (3B)

V I E T N A M

Hoi An

inclusions Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Mixed dorm (2 nts), twin or triple-share hotels (5 nts), mixed dorm on private island (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), overnight boat (1 nt), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Minivan, bus, boat, train, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Tour leader, local guides, activities as per itinerary Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: VEITIN

Mekong Delta

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The next day, enter the Mekong Delta and experience the local way of life. Overnight in the Delta. Next up on Day 11 are the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels used as supply routes, hideouts and living quarters by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. The trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City with a delicious farewell dinner and a night out. Depart on Day 12. (3B, D)

Jan

Departures 2019

Day 10-12 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City

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VIETNAM EXPLORER 17 DAYS, Ho Chi Minh

$1,798

FR

Hanoi

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Sunset Sand dunes in Mui Ne • All-inclusive beach resort • Basket boat trip in Hoi An

• Jeeps along Hai Van Pass • Castaways Island retreat • Halong Bay boat trip

Day 1-4 Ho Chi Minh City / Mui Ne Start in Ho Chi Minh with a walking tour and a confronting visit to the War Museum. Travel on to the coastal town of Mui Ne and watch the sunset over the sand dunes. On Day 4, opt to go kayaking before your night bus to Nha Trang.

Day 5-8 Nha Trang / Hoi An

V I E T N A M

Phong Nha Hue

Combine this trip with the below, and and enjoy discounts on both! Cambodia Explorer 12 Days, see page 106 Combo Code: (TRUPSH) Fr $2,848 For other multi-country combinations in Thailand & Bali, ask your Travel Expert.

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share hotels and multi-share hostels (14 nts), overnight train (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Leader & tour guide Group Size: Max 20, Includes: Airport pick-up, all transport, activities as specified in itinerary Tour Code: HCNTRU

Hoi An

Nha Trang Mui Ne

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Ease in to Hanoi life then travel to Castaway Island in Halong Bay for a few nights to take part in optional watersports and rock climbing. Enjoy a boat cruise on Day 15, before sailing back to Hanoi where your trip ends on Day 17. (2B, 3L, 2D)

Hai Van Pass

inclusions

Jan

Day 13-17 Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hanoi

Multi Pass

Halong Bay

Apr

Roll out of Hoi An in an open-top 4WD and cross the Hai Van Pass to Hue. Day 10, visit the Royal Palace and get under the skin of this imperial capital. It's a full day of travel on Day 11 to Phong Nha where you can rest up before exploring UNESCOlisted Paradise Cave the next day. Catch the overnight train to Hanoi. (2B, 4L)

Hanoi

Mar

Day 9-12 Hai Van Pass / Hue / Phong Nha

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Feb

Arrive early into Nha Trang and head to the resort of Ninhvana the next day. Relax by the pool, paddleboard, kayak and do some yoga. Your next stop is Hoi An, where you'll learn how to make traditional lanterns and enjoy some time at leisure. Board a bamboo basket boat the following day for crab fishing in the coconut woods. (4B)

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Day 1-3 Hanoi / Halong Bay


SIEM REAP, PHNOM PENH & BEYOND angkor wat a view CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

The world's gateway to Angkor Wat ain't no one trick pony. Siem Reap is also packed with chic hotels, tasty food and spas. And as iconic as the temple complex is, recent discoveries tell us it's just the tip of the iceberg, with entire cities still hidden underneath the jungle. Some as big as Manhattan! Further afield, settle down by the Mekong in Phnom Penh, get cast under the rustic spell of Kampot or escape to the bright beaches of Koh Rong Samloem.

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LUB D CAMBODIA SIEM REAP

Shoestring

$16 $26

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

MAD MONKEY SIEM REAP, SIEM REAP

ROOM ONLY

$11 $22

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: Centrally located in Siem Reap town, just a three-minute walk to night markets, local temples and bars on pub street.

Location: Bang in the centre of Siem Reap, a short five-minute walk from Pub street, and six minutes from Angkor Night Market.

Vibe: Brand-spanking new property with big open spaces to play games, meet people, eat, drink, party, swim and relax.

Vibe: A sociable, tidy and comfortable backpacker's haunt with an outdoor pool and beer pong table game.

Highlights: Private rooms • Mixed dorms • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Swim-up bar • Restaurant • Muay Thai Boxing Ring • Lounge • Terrace

Highlights: Private rooms • Shared dorms • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Garden • Lounge • Luggage storage • Tour desk • Laundry • On-site ATM • Evening entertainment

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REPMAM

Independent Tour

SIEM REAP WITH A TWIST

$626

FR

4 DAYS

Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Saddle up for a half-day cycling tour around the temples of Angkor Wat, stopping at the Terraces of Elephants, Death Gate and jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Head back to the city after lunch for a cocktail class and some local rice wine tastings. On your final day, hop on the back of a Vespa and ride through Angkor forest, stopping at farms and local markets along the way to see the local way of life. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (3 nts) Transport: Tuk tuk, air con bus, motorcycle Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: All transfers, entry and boat fees, activities as specified, bottled water Tour Code: REPTWT

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ANGKOR ADVENTURE

$153

FR

FULL DAY

Like any good blockbuster, this popular Siem Reap tour is entertaining, enthralling and hard to pass up. Explore Angkor Wat's most famed temples, from the serene smiling faces of Bayon to the tomb-raiding Ta Prohm, before devouring a Khmer feast fit for a king. Includes pick-up from King's Road Angkor in Siem Reap, and return transfers from the UNESCO-listed site to all centrallylocated hotels in Siem Reap. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Not included Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Return transfers, local English-speaking guide, 1-day Angkor Archaeological Park pass Tour Code: REPADV

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Independent Tour

$599

FR

3 DAYS

Uncover the secrets of Cambodia, from its architectural prowess to its spiritual practices. Setting out from Siem Reap, explore the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon, Angkor Thom and Banteay Srei, followed by a trek through Cambodia's jungle to see 1,000-year-old Hindu sculptures carved into a riverbed. Sample tasty Khmer cuisine and meet the locals of nearby floating fishing villages on a boat cruise along a freshwater lake. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of superior/deluxe hotel (2 nts) Transport: Car, minivan, remork (Cambodian tuk tuk), riverboat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches Tour Code: REPSEC

ANGKOR WAT ADVENTURE

$421

FR

5 DAYS

Soak up the beauty of rural Cambodia on this round trip from Siem Reap. Explore astounding temples like those of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm and enjoy a knock-out sunset from the Phnom Bakheng temple. Transfer to Phnom Penh the following day and discover the horrors of the Khmer Rouge genocide with a tour of the Killing Fields and S21 Prison. Back to Siem Reap on Day 4 and say goodbye the next day. Departs: Daily (option to start/end in Phnom Penh) Accommodation: Hostel, 3* or 4* hotel (4 nts) Transport: Bus, van, tuk tuk Meals: Breakfasts in hotels Includes: Accommodation pick-up, English-speaking guide during activities or audio guide, entry fees to Killing Fields and Angkor Wat Tour Code: BEREPANS/BEREPANK

Shoestring

TEACHING CHILDREN IN CAMBODIA

$1,347

FR

2-6 WEEKS

MAD MONKEY PHNOM PENH

$13 $28

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Based in one of Siem Reap's poorest slum areas, New Hope Cambodia aims to restore hope and dignity to the communities by providing education, healthcare and vocational training. You'll work to support Khmer teachers with English, maths and computer lessons. A portion of the trip's cost will be used to buy you a bike so you can get yourself to and from the project. After you leave, it'll be donated back to the community for their continued use. Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Twin-share room with en suite in guesthouse (13 nts) Meals: Breakfasts Note: Background check required Stay Longer: Fr $293 per week Tour Code: CAMCHI

Location: The BKK1 district is where you need to be, a short walk from the bars of Street 278 and close to the Royal Palace. Vibe: Not just the best party in Phnom Penh (though, that too). All bookings go to fund education projects for Cambodia's rural poor. Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Personal power outlet • Outdoor pool • Poolside bar • Rooftop bar • On-site ATM • 24-hour reception PHNMAD

Shoestring

Shoestring

MAD MONKEY KAMPOT

$15 $20

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

MAD MONKEY KOH RONG SAMLOEM

ROOM ONLY

$19 $42

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: On the banks of the Kompong Bay River in Kampot, 150km south west of Phnom Penh.

Location: On its own private bay on Koh Rong Samloem, only reachable by ferry and longtail boat.

Vibe: Great for slow travel days or if you just need somewhere to crash and recharge after energetic treks in the countryside.

Vibe: A bit of an R&R playground, with ocean hammocks and nightly events adding to a relaxed, do-as-you-will atmosphere.

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorm • Private rooms • Air con • Oversized beds • Personal lockers • Personal power outlet • Outdoor pool • Bar • Rooftop bar • Restaurant • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private beachfront bungalows • Air con • Personal lockers • Private beach • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Ocean hammocks • Daily housekeeping

KMTMAD

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SECRETS OF ANGKOR

Independent Tour


HO CHI MINH CITY & BEYOND you're mekong me crazy CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

Ho Chi Minh City is brash, bolshy and in-your-face. Incense-infused temples, designer shopping malls and tasty street food stalls come as standard, and prepare to be as taken aback with the traffic (3.5 million motorcycles!) as you are with the War Remnants museum, Independence Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnels. For a bit of escapism, head east to laid-back Mui Ne or west to Phu Quoc, a fab beach spot currently busy giving Nha Trang a run for its money.

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SANOUVA HOTEL, HO CHI MINH CITY

$84 $46

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ASIAN RUBY SELECT HOTEL, HO CHI MINH CITY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$85 $43

FR FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Next to Ben Thanh Market and just a ten-minute walk from the famous Puppet Theatre.

Location: Located in District 1, a 20-minute stroll from Ben Thanh Market and Tao Dan Park.

Vibe: A quiet city stay, thanks to blackout curtains and soundproofed windows.

Vibe: Comfy, clean and coin-conscious, this city central base is just the ticket for weary, sleep-hungry feet.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Laundry service (at extra cost) • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa and massage services • Hot tub • Luggage storage • On-site shops • 24-hour reception

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VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, SAIGON

$11 $44

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

SAIGON AFTER SUNDOWN

$209

FR

HALF DAY

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Just a short walk away from Ben Thanh Market and Backpacker's Area and 30 minutes from the International Airport. Vibe: Incredibly social, laid-back hangout in the heat of the action. Check out the rooftop bar to meet fellow travellers. Highlights: Private rooms • Mixed or female-only dorms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Lounge • Evening entertainment • Luggage storage • Lift SGNSAI

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Hop on your very own vintage Vespa scooter for a street food extravaganza. Start off at the central Café Zoom for some tasty appetisers before hitting the road to Ho Chi Minh's foodie hotspots. Get the lowdown on the city's best dishes as you make your way through culinary neighbourhoods to sample local delicacies you'd be hard-pressed to find on your own. Later, hit the city's lively nightlife and round off with some live music. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 dinner Transport: Vespa Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, Vespa transport and driver, all food and drink at each stop, cold bottled water Tour Code: SGNSAS

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Shoestring

$50

FR

FULL DAY

VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, MUI NE

$10 $15

FR FR

DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Learn about the underground world of tunnels built under the Cu Chi district by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Watch a documentary and take part in a simulation before heading on to Ben Duoc, the labyrinth of tunnels itself, where you'll hear local stories and traverse through the network with a local guide. See the weapon factory, kitchens and hospitals, crawling through as you go. Round off the day sampling local delicacies.

Location: Mui Ne, a well-known beach town 220km east of Ho Chi Minh City attracting watersport enthusiasts of all kinds. Vibe: Where you want to be if you're looking for a relaxation station. It has a real laid-back atmosphere, with a beaut pool. Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Personal lockers • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Games room

Departs: Daily Meals: Not included Includes: Local English-speaking guide, return transfers from centrally-located hotels, entry ticket Tour Code: SGNCCT

MN1VBH

Independent Tour

MEKONG DELTA WATERWAYS AND THREE AUTHENTIC FLOATING MARKETS

$565

FR

3 DAYS

MEKONG DELTA FARMSTAY

$228

FR

2 DAYS

Head to authentic markets filled with local fruits and agricultural produce that will have your mouth watering, and venture on exciting river excursions to uncover local cultures. Learn all about local trading ways and experience these unique floating markets in the heart of the action. Taste seasonal fruits, slurp on a steaming bowl of noodles, eat up local delicacies and people watch. Stop at a cacao garden on your last day to see some chocolate making.

With its meandering waterways and flourishing farms, the Mekong Delta is one for the Vietnam checklist. Venture through the iconic landscape by boat and discover riverbanks dotted with coconut palms, sprawling rice fields and ramshackled houses on stilts. Spend a fascinating evening at a farm with local hosts and discover their authentic culture. Enjoy a village cycling tour before bidding farewell to the Mekong on Day 2.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, lunch Transport: Private air con vehicle, bike Tour Code: SGNMDW

Departs: Mon, Wed and Sat Accommodation: Farm homestay, shared accommodation (1 nt) Transport: Boat (shared, rowing and motor), minibus Meals: 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: SGNFAR

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PHU QUOC ECO RESORT, PHU QUOC

Rock Solid

$130 $66

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

CASSIA COTTAGE RESORT, PHU QUOC

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$164 $82

FR

FR

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

Location: Right on Ong Lang beach, tucked away in a eco forest and boasting of an array of native flora and fauna.

Location: Just a minute's walk away from the beach, and 10 minutes by bus from Phu Quoc airport.

Vibe: Expect traditional rooms with tiled flooring and Balinese decor, and an outdoor pool with incredible views. Good times.

Vibe: Relaxing, tropical vibes in this luxurious beach resort, fully equipped for all your needs.

Highlights: Private rooms, bungalows & Hill House • Air con • Inroom safe • Private beach area • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Luggage storage • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms, cottages & villas • Air con • In-room safe • Private beach area • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Picnic area • Spa • On-site activities

PQCPQC

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Hoi An often turns out to be a surprise favourite for Vietnam visitors, not least for its food (try the cau lao), its wealth of tailor shops and its nearby beach, just a 15-minute bike ride from town. To the north you'll find Da Nang, evolving rapidly up and around the French-inspired boulevards and promenade. Further south, the beaches reign! Head to Nha Trang for a party atmosphere, or get away from it all at the flashpacking, luxury break-ing Ninhvana.

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LA SIESTA HOI AN

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$152 $76

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HOI AN TRAILS RESORT

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$108 $54

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Location: Set in Thanh Ha only a short walk from Hoi An Old Town and tranquil and white sandy An Bang Beach.

Location: Surrounded by rice fields, and only 3km away from Cua Dai beach.

Vibe: Offering the ultimate in R&R, with rooms spread across eight villas with a private balcony overlooking the pool.

Vibe: Slow things down at this tranquil resort, with 100 clean and modern rooms and a tranquil spa.

Highlights: Private rooms with balcony • Villas • Air con • Saltwater & freshwater pool • Hot tub • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Sauna • Spa • Gym • Shuttle service

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Barbecue area • Spa • Gym • Billiards • TV lounge • Shops • 24-hour reception

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BOUTIQUE HOI AN

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THE BEACH LITTLE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA

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$121 $61

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Location: A few minutes' walk from the beach and a short ride from Hoi An city centre.

Location: Across the road from the beach, and only a short ride from the city centre.

Vibe: On the upscale side of things with slick rooms and seafacing balconies, and Vietnamese cooking classes on the menu!

Vibe: Stylish, chilled out and with plenty of quirks, just like Hoi An itself. The ideal spot if you're after a relaxing stay.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Terrace • Gift shop • Free shuttle service • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Sea, garden or city views • Direct access to the beach • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Free shuttle to Old Town

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Vibe: Social backpackers close to the sites with a pool to relax in after a day out.

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Highlights: Mixed and female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Terrace • TV lounge • Luggage storage 7

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Location: Set in the vibrant Hoi An a short walk from the Old Town and An Bang beach.

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VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, HOI AN

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$253 $128

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VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, NINHVANA

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$15 $30

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Location: Situated along the coastline of Non Nuoc Beach, close to Ngu Hanh Son Mountain and 20-minutes from Hoi An.

Location: A private beach in Ninh Van Bay, accessible by daily transfer, shuttle service, car and high speed boat from Nha Trang.

Vibe: Luxurious hotel with contemporary decor. Explore close by Hoi An and then head back to the private beach or pool.

Vibe: Boasting a remote beachfront location, with outdoor pools, a basketball court, outdoor cinema, and daily activities and parties.

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Spa • Gardens • Bar • Restaurant • Bikes • Fitness centre • TV lounge • Shops • Shuttle service

Highlights: Mixed & female-only dorms • Private rooms • Private beach • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor cinema • Spa • Outdoor gym • Evening entertainment • Watersports available

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SUNRISE NHA TRANG BEACH HOTEL & SPA, NHA TRANG

$268 $135

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BUFFALO RUN

$727

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7 DAYS

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Location: A three-minute walk from Nha Trang Beach in the heart of the tourist district, walking distance to the sights and shops. Vibe: Palatial and luxurious colonial style hotel on the shores of Nha Trang beach - give yourself some celebrity treatment! Highlights: Private rooms • Aircon • Satellite TV • Beachfront • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Yoga classes • Hot tub • Casino • Shuttle service STAY 4-5 PAY 3: 01JAN19-31OCT19 (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY); EARLYBIRD OFFER: 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 33+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 11JAN19-31OCT19 (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY); HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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Gear up for a whirlwind seven days through Vietnam, from Hanoi to Hoi An, experiencing rich history, culture, and incredible landscapes. Cruise through natural springs, zipline through caves, bike ride local villages and learn about the demilitarised zone and Vinh Moc tunnels. Explore secluded jungle, travel the Hai Van Pass, and finally you'll visit the beautiful Hoi An, try the delicious street food, get lost in the markets and relax with a couple of cold beers. Departs: Selected dates at 9am Accommodation: Multi-share hostels (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Private vehicle, jeep, overnight bus Includes: All entry fees as per itinerary Tour Code: HANBUF

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HANOI, HALONG BAY & BEYOND You're halong way from home CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOS

Welcome to Vietnam's northern capital. Expect a Parisian vibe, the alluring waft of sweet coffee and bowls of delicious pho (noodle broth). Want to escape the city? Head north towards the jutting limestone escarpments of Halong Bay. Legend has it that its 2,000 islets were formed by giant emeralds fired from the mouth of a mountain dragon sent to defend the Vietnamese people from northern invaders. Also, your Instagram will LOVE it.

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HANOI LA SIESTA HOTEL & SPA

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$113 $57

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Location: Centrally-located, close to the Old City Gate, Ngoc Son Temple and Dong Xuan Market.

Location: Set in the historic old quarter of Hanoi and Vietnam's famous 36 streets.

Vibe: Cosy rooms and suites make for an ideal place to rest your feet after a busy day of sightseeing. Plus, there's a movie room!

Vibe: Classy, old-world style hotel. Relax with a drink at the panoramic rooftop bar.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Spa and massage services • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Soundproof rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Bar • Restaurant • Sun terrace • Spa and massage services • Sauna • On-site shop • 24-hour reception

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RISING DRAGON ESTATE HOTEL

$40 $22

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VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS DOWNTOWN

$13 $37

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Location: The Old Quarter, a five-minute drive from Hoan Kiem Lake.

Location: Centrally in Hanoi's Old Quarter, walking distance to the local food vendors.

Vibe: Family-friendly hotel at the centre of Hanoi's cultural hub.

Vibe: Comfy and well equipped dorms with a social atmosphere and legendary bar.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Outdoor terrace • Bike rental • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed & female-only dorms • Private rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • TV lounge • Games area • Nightly events

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There are some streets in Hanoi you wouldn't even notice during the day, but come fully alive after dark! Experience them on this guided evening motorbike tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Pass Red River and the Long Bien Bridge, try Vietnamese snacks and tie it all up with dinner at an authentic local restaurant. HANHAS


Hanoi

Small Group Adventure

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

$426

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Hanoi

3 DAYS

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• Cruise around Halong Bay • Time to relax on-deck

HALONG BAY PARTY BOAT Hanoi

$378

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Hanoi

3 DAYS

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• Kayak or go squid fishing • 4* boat upgrade available

• Party out in the bay • Fantastic views of Halong

Halong Bay was made to be seen on water, and this trip delivers all the goods. From Hanoi, transfer to your boat for a memorable overnight stay. Between exploring Surprise Cave, kayaking and fishing, while away the time at leisure. The boat has comfortable cabins, each with a window and en suite facilities. Included meals are served in the dining room with panoramic views out to the bay. Opt to upgrade to the four-star Prince Junk (details on request). Departs: Daily Accommodation: Air con twin/double cabin (2 nts). Can also be done as 4* or as a 2-day tour Includes: Bus transfers from/to Hanoi, all fees Meals: 3 meals a day (while on board) Tour Code: 2* HANTJZ/4* HANPJ4

• Included cave activity • Eat tasty Vietnamese food

'Cause there ain't no party like a Halong party! Transfer to the boat on Day 1 and set sail on to the calm waters of the bay. Explore the biggest cave in Halong Bay then enjoy your first night of boat beers. Mornings from now on will start with a refreshing (and hangover-healing) dip. Head to Freedom Island's private beach and choose to go snorkelling, rock climbing or kayaking. Party on into the early hours and return to Hanoi the next day. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Deluxe cabin on cruise (1 nt), basic shared bungalow (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Bus, boat Includes: Transfers, guide and entry fees Tour Code: BEHANPTY

Independent Tour

CAT BA ISLAND EXPERIENCE Hanoi

$509

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Hanoi

3 DAYS

highlights

• Halong Bay junk boat cruise • Rock climbing activity

• Kayak on secluded lagoons • Relax on deserted beaches

Small Group Adventure

VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, CASTAWAYS ISLAND Hanoi

$320

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Hanoi

• Stay on a private island • Cruise Halong Bay

3 DAYS

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• Beachside accommodation • Kayaking tour in the bay

Leave Hanoi for Cat Ba Island, a reserve on the edge of Halong Bay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Day 2, board a traditional junk boat and cruise to rarely-visited parts of the bay. Kayak in secluded lagoons, explore a local beach then go on a rock climbing adventure on a limestone cliff en route to Nam Cat Island. Stay in simple bamboo huts and enjoy a barbecue on the beach. On Day 3, enjoy a half-day soft trek in the national park and return to Hanoi.

Party under the stars on a private island in Halong Bay, perfect for Vietnam freshers and veterans alike. With an open-air beach bungalow as your base, options for your free time include tubing, rock climbing up limestone karsts, beach volleyball or relaxing on the beach. On Day 2, soak up the magic of the bay on an included all-day cruise, complete with kayaking tours, swim stops and a glimpse at local fishermen villages. Depart after lunch on Day 3.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt), bamboo hut (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: Transfers, entry and boat fees, tours with English-speaking guide Tour Code: HANHOL

Departs: Daily at 7am Accommodation: Shared open-air beach bungalow (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: All transfers included Note: Departs from Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Downtown (Hanoi) Tour Code: HANCAS

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Small Group Adventure

SAPA EXPRESS

$337

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3 DAYS

Sapa is Vietnam's favourite trekking base, and this trip helps you make the most of it even if you only have a few days to spare. With transfer included from Hanoi, your three days here will be spend climbing Mt. Ham Rong, interacting with the Black Hmong people of Cat Cat village, descending the Muong Hoa valley to meet the people of Lai Chai an Ta Van villages and visiting sacred local sites. The scenery alone will blow you away. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunhces, 2 dinners Transport: Bus Includes: Return bus ticket from/to Hanoi, guided tours in Sapa, entry fees as per itinerary Tour Code: HANEXP/HANEXO

VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, MAI CHAU

$168

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3 DAYS

Small Group Adventure

VIETNAM BACKPACKER HOSTELS, SAPA

$320

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3 DAYS

Get a sense of traditional Sapa with this three-day stay, including a homestay experience with a Dzao family in the village of Seo Trung Ho. After your included transfer from Hanoi, settle in with a free afternoon before starting on your trek through the national park the next day. With a certified guide, walk through bamboo forests and local Hmong villages before dining with your host family. Return to Hanoi after a morning trek on Day 3. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share hostel (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 dinner Includes: Local English-speaking guide Note: Departs from Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Downtown (Hanoi) Tour Code: HANSAA

VIETNAM EXPRESS NORTH TO SOUTH ADVENTURE

$1,547

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11 DAYS

Leave Hanoi behind and spend three days in the village of Mai Chau, experiencing local life and culture in the comfort of an authentic homestay and tucking into tasty meals prepared by your host family. Explore your surroundings on a guided bike ride, stop by a bamboo factory and trek surrounding forests, rice fields and villages to interact with the local tribes. Round up on Day 3 with a motorbike ride and a cooling dip before returning to Hanoi.

Kick-off the tour walking the streets of Hanoi like a local then you're off to adventure on Castaway Island. Board a traditional boat and cruise Lan Ha Bay through floating villages, then fly to the imperial city of Hue, venturing into a lantern paradise. Hop on a vintage jeep and head to Hoi An via the Hai Van pass, discover iced-coffee in Nha Trang and finally, you'll make your way through the dynamic and fascinating Ho Chi Minh and Cu Chi Tunnels.

Departs: Daily at 8am Accommodation: Multi-share homestay dorm (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: All transfers included Note: Departs from Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Downtown (Hanoi)Tour Code: HANMAC

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts), open-air beach bungalow (3 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners Transport: Coach, plane, boat Tour Code: HANVEX

VIETNAM FOOD AND CULTURE VOLUNTOUR

$1,609

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21 DAYS

This trip starts in Ho Chi Minh City and includes five days of volunteering at a local NGO cooking and serving food to communities in need. It then travels through the Mekong Delta to the beaches of Nha Trang and UNESCO-listed Hoi An. After a couple of days in Hue, it wraps up in Hanoi following a two-day cruise of iconic Halong Bay - karsts and karma taken care of! Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Hostel or 3-4* hotel (18 nts), night bus (2 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners Includes: NGO project, Mekong Delta Adventure, Tombs & Pagoda day trip, Vietnamese meal with local family, Hoi An bike tour, Halong Bay Cruise Tour Code: BAMVNV

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VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN IN VIETNAM

$1,103

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2-24 WEEKS

Sign up to volunteer at this centre in Ho Chi Minh to help with daily activities with the aim to support underprivileged children and give them the best start possible. Assist with English lessons and opt to stay at a shared volunteer house or with a local host family. Optional activities include a boat ride to Mekong Delta, a meal with a local family and a trip to Miu Ne beach. Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Ho Chi Minh City Accommodation: Multi-share volunteer house (13+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day Note: Aimed at first-time volunteers (18-24). Background check required Stay Longer: Fr $388 per week Tour Code: VITCHI

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A popular Malay noodle soup with Chinese and Indian flavours. Creamy, spicy and good for the soul, you have to try it!

As featured on Planet Earth 2 (we're still getting over it). These awesome super trees are bringing nature back to the city.

Singapore has the world's largest. And sitting atop the 55-storey Marina Bay Sands Hotel, it also has one of the city's best views.

Malaysia's very first UNESCO-listed sight with the impressive Mt. Kinabalu at its centre, and it's a surprisingly easy climb!

A holy Hindu shrine in a monkey-filled cave? Sure! 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, pilgrims have been flocking for 120 years.

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BORNEO - EAST SABAH ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Kota Kinabalu

$1,549

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Kota Kinabalu

highlights

• See orang-utans in Sepilok • Quiet time on Libaran Island • Search for pygmy elephants

Day 1-2 Kota Kinabalu / Kota Belud Touch down in the waterfront city of Kota Kinabalu and travel to Tambatuon village the next day. Meet local farmers, pick fresh ingredients for an included cooking class, and trek to a nearby river after lunch. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner with your hosts. (B, L, D)

Day 3-4 Kinabatangan River

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Travel towards Sandakan and on to your jungle lodge on Kinabatangan River, Borneo's longest. Set off on river safari, cruising crocodile-infested waters and spotting wildlife. Opt to go on a night walk through the jungle, running into unique night roaming animals. Begin Day 4 with a river safari and on top of that, head to a nearby lake in search of monkeys and pygmy elephants, then seek out some wild orang-utans at a nearby cave. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Kota Kinabalu

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Go on a caves exploration • Mud volcano visit and trek • Kinabatangan River safaris

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EXPERIENCE BORNEO 14 DAYS, Kota Kinabalu

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Transfer to Sandakan and continue to Libaran Island for sun, sea and sweet downtime. Call by a turtle hatchery to witness local conservation efforts, and spend your free time snorkelling the clear blue waters or kayaking. On Day 7, start the journey back to Kota Kinabalu then say your goodbyes on Day 8. (3B, L, D)

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Kinabatangan River

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Day 6-8 Libaran Island (Turtle Island) / Kota Kinabalu

Sepilok

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Kota Kinabalu

Libaran Island

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Tambatuon Village

Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), jungle lodge (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), tented camp (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: USD $70-95 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: GAAAES

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Day 5 Sepilok Sepilok has become the go-to place to see orang-utans in their natural environment and today you'll visit its rehabilitation centre, home to many orphaned and injured tree-swingers. Afterwards, see the world's smallest bear at the Bornean sun bear conservation centre. (B)

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• Oxbow Lake wildlife spotting • See turtles and orang-utans • Explore longhouse market

Day 1-4 Kota Kinabalu / Pulau Tiga / Beaufort From Kota Kinabalu, board a boat to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. Opt to go on a jungle walk or go snorkelling off the coast of Snake Island. On Day 3, relax on the beach or walk to volcanic mud baths and spot wildlife on a cruise of the Klias River before heading to the colonial town of Beaufort. Next, longboat along the Melinau River to the Wind and Clearwater Caves and picnic in the rainforest. Train to Tenom on Day 4, opt to white water raft Padas River or visit Sabah Agricultural Park. (3B, D)

Mulu National Park, Borneo

Day 5-7 Mulu National Park / Kota Kinabalu

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Libaran Island

Kota Belud Kinabalu

Sepilok Beaufort

Kinabatangan River

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Transfer to Sandakan and boat to Libaran Island, spot the local turtles and opt to go snorkelling or kayaking. Travel back to Sandakan jetty on Day 13, fly to Kota Kinabalu and depart the following day at any time. (3B, L, D)

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Day 12-14 Libaran Island (Turtle Island) / Kota Kinabalu

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Pulau Tiga

Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), homestay (1 nt), lodge (3 nts), jungle lodge (3 nts), traditional long house (1 nt), permanent tent (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, boat, ferry, longboat, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer, local guides Group Size: Max 15 Budget: USD $150-195 for meals Tour Code: GAAAWE

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Meet with locals in Tambatuon, visit a local farm and pick fresh food for an included cooking class. Trek to Kinabatangan River and tuck into a traditional dinner with your hosts. Get excited for your jungle lodge, go on river safari and opt to night walk through the jungle. Start Day 10 with a river safari in search of wildlife, looking out for the proboscis monkey and pygmy elephant. Wander through a cave later, hopefully spot a wild orang-utan, and hop on a river cruise. (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 8-11 Kota Belud / Kinabatangan River / Sepilok

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Speedboat to Labuan and take a flight to Miri, all on your way to Mulu National Park. Embark on an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave, and take a look at the handicrafts made by the Pena tribe in Iban village market. Walk along the boardwalk to Long Cave and Deer Cave then relax with a drink before the skies darken with 3 million bats. Walk along the world's longest tree canopy and enjoy some free time before boarding your flight back to Kota Kinabalu. (3B, L)

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MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

• Meet local communities • Traditional cooking class • Enjoy jungle river safaris

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WESTERN BORNEO & MOUNT KINABALU EXPERIENCE 11 DAYS, Kota Kinabalu

$2,749

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Kota Kinabalu

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Climb Mt. Kinabalu's summit • Stay in rainforest lodges • See Batman-esque caves

• Swim in clear waters • Trek to a mud volcano • R&R in Pulau Tiga

Spend your first night in the northern city of Kota Kinabalu and ready your legs for a Mount Kinabalu trek the next morning. Begin with low-altitude trails, then start the climb to Laban Rata on Day 3. Re-energise with a buffet-style dinner, then head to bed before getting up at dawn to reach the Kinabalu summit in time for sunrise, which is fairly spectacular. Return to the city that afternoon. (3B, 2L, 2D) Pulau Tiga, Malaysian Borneo

Day 5-7 Pulau Tiga / Beaufort

M A L AYS I A N B O R N EO

Kota Kinabalu Pulau Tiga

Transfer to Labuan and fly to Mulu National Park. On your first night, opt for a night walk around tbe park. The following day, leave for an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave, and opt to stop by an Iban Village morning market to browse handicrafts by the Pena tribe, descendants of headhunters. At Deer Cave, have a drink to await the nightly exodus of 3 million bats. (2B, L)

Mt. Kinabalu

Beaufort

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Mulu N.P.

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BORNEO EXPLORER 9 DAYS, Kota Kinabalu

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Trek Mt. Kinabalu (GAAAMK) 5 Days, Fr $1,259

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Departures 2019

Enjoy a guided walk on the world's longest tree-based canopy walk before boarding a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. The tour ends on Day 11. (2B)

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Day 10-11 Kota Kinabalu

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), multi-share mountain lodge (2 nts), multi-share longhouse (1 nt), lodge (3 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, longboat, ferry, boat Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: USD $135-175 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: GAAAKW

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Day 8-9 Mulu National Park

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The next morning, make the two-hour drive to the port at Kuala Pinyu, then board a boat for your transfer to the tropical getaway of Pulau Tigau. Opt to sign up to a jungle walk, a snorkelling trip to Snake Island, or stay put and relax on the beach. Day 6 starts with an optional walk to a natural volcanic mud bath, followed by a river cruise on the Klias River and a transfer to the colonial town of Beaufort. Catch the train to Tenom for the day, and opt to go white water rafting. (3B, D)

$2,755

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Kota Kinabalu

highlights

• Kinabatangan wildlife cruise • Botanical garden guided tour • Sepilok orang-utan centre

• Sun Bear centre visit • Rural homestays • Turtle conservation park

Day 1-3 Kota Kinabalu / Simpang Mengayau Bay (Kudat) It all kicks off in Sabah's capital, Kota Kinabalu. If you have the whole day to spare, take a boat to the nearby islands before meeting the group back at the hostel. On Day 2, head off the beaten track to Simpang Mengayau Bay, and call by two villages on the way: one that produces honey and one that makes ceremonial gongs! Spend Day 3 at leisure, with snorkelling, kayaking and river cruises available. (2B, L, 2D) Sepilok, Sabah

Day 4-5 Mt. Kinabalu (Ranau) / Sepilok Start the scenic drive to Mt. Kinabalu Park, and take views of the peak as you wind up into the cool hillsides. Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is also one of the world's most important biological sites thanks to its 4,500 species of flora and fauna. Enjoy a guided tour then head on to your Slagon homestay for dinner and karaoke (not compulsory...). After an early breakfast on Day 5, you're off to two of Borneo's most celebrated residents at the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Tonight, discover Borneo's nocturnal life with a guided rainforest walk at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre. (2B, D)

Kudat M A L AYS I A N B O R N EO

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Day 6-7 Kinabatangan River Homestay Take to the waterways of the Kinabatangan River and explore the wetlands on your way to your next homestay. Enjoy a traditional lunch on arrival, then get back in the boat to look out for proboscis monkeys, long-tail macaques and pygmy elephants. You'll get another chance to spot them on Day 7. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 8-9 Libaran Island (Turtle Island) / Kota Kinabalu Up next is Libaran Island, and the Walai Turtle Conservation Park. Learn about the community-based efforts to preserve the sea turtles and head down to the beach at night to witness the release of the young'uns into the sea. Return to Kota Kinabalu on Day 9, where the tour comes to an end. (2B, L, D)

Mt. Kinabalu

Libaran Island Sepilok

Kinabatangan River

inclusions Departs: Daily Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share hostel (1 nt), twinshares hotel and lodges (3 nts), homestay (3 nts), glamping (1 nt). Upgrades are available, except for Kinabatangan River Homestay experience Transport: Private air con minivan, boat, ferry Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners Group Leader: Tour Leader and Driver Tour Code: BKIBON

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SINGAPORE Sing For Your Sling MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Often labelled as Southeast Asia's most important financial hub, it could be easy to dismiss Singapore as soulless or dull. But this couldn't be further than the truth. The city's rich mixture of Asian (Chinese, Indian and Malay) and Western cultures results in intriguing blends and contrasts found nowhere else. Explore vibrant gardens and temples, wander along the cosmopolitan harbour-front and eat your way through hordes of hawker houses.

Shoestring

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$27 $38

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Glampacker

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HOTEL MI

$160 $80

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VILLAGE HOTEL SENTOSA

$319 $160

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Location: On Lavender Street, in the cultural heritage area of Kampong Glam.

Location: A handy spot in Bencoolen, a short walk from shopping and cultural sites.

Location: On Sentosa Island close to beaches, themeparks and family attractions.

Vibe: A great backpacker hangout, but with plenty of room to relax as well.

Vibe: Cool as a cucumber and a great spot for some quiet in the city.

Vibe: Modern and stylish and featuring a unique nature-inspired cascading pool.

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Lockers • Bar • Terrace • Access to iMacs • Luggage storage

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Restaurant • Gym • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Kids pool • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception

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BOSS HOTEL

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$160 $80

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Location: At the start of Orchard Road's vibrant shopping district and close to Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Location: Victoria Street, right in central Singapore and between the eclectic cultural areas of Little India and Kampong Glam.

Vibe: The perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing, head to the sixth floor pool and eat at one of the seven dining options.

Vibe: Stylish contemporary hotel with a choice of 1,500 comfy rooms and a bustling vibe.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Satellite TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • 7 restaurants • Barber & beauty salon • Gym • On-site shops • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor pool • Sky terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Self-service laundrette • 24hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

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BINTAN An upscale resort just a short boat ride away from the city. Go for secluded beaches, watersports and rich history.

GARDENS BY THE BAY

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SENTOSA An island resort off the coast and home to the Tiger Sky Tower and Southeast Asia's first and only Universal Studios theme park.

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL SINGAPORE

$326 $163

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HOTEL 81 DICKSON

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$100 $50

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PENINSULA EXCELSIOR

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$253 $127

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Location: Singapore's art and heritage district, a short walk from National Museum.

Location: Little India, a short stroll to the Bugis shopping district.

Location: Centrally located, close to Boat Quay and Singapore National Museum.

Vibe: Art-inspired, bright and spacious rooms with stylish common areas.

Vibe: Modern city hotel offering comfort and convenience.

Vibe: Two-towered hotel with two pools and panoramic city views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • Café • Music lounges • Gym

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SINDIC

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FURAMA RIVERFRONT SINGAPORE

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SINPEN

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$239 $120

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FURAMA CITY CENTRE

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$246 $123

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Location: Just a five-minute walk from the vibrant entertainment belt running along the river.

Location: Close to the entertainment district of Clarke Quay and only a short stroll from the throngs of Chinatown.

Vibe: Close to the Singapore River, Furama is a comfy retreat after a long day's shopping or sightseeing.

Vibe: Splash about while overlooking the city skyline, then rest up in your room with views of the city, garden or pool.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor freeform pool • Cocktail bar • 2 restaurants • Gym • Jacuzzi • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • 24-hour room service • Outdoor pool • Sun terrace • Restaurant • Café • Lounge • Gym • 24-hour reception

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GARDENS BY THE BAY A nature park spreading over 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore and made up of waterfront gardens.

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$346 $173

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$253 $127

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Location: In the Central Business District overlooking Marina Bay and the nearby malls.

Location: Set along the Singapore River, with shops, bars and restaurants nearby and easy access for city explorations.

Vibe: Luxury five-star hotel offering the ultimate urban indulgence. Get a taste of Singapore's finest hospitality.

Vibe: Luxurious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and city or river views, and four dining options to chose from.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Private balconies • Room service • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Spa • Gym • Laundry • 24-hour reception • Express check-in/check-out

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • 4 restaurants • Terrace • Hot tub • Spa & wellness centre • Tennis court • Gym • Free shuttle service STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 5-6 PAY 4. STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 9 PAY 7, STAY 10 PAY 8: 01JAN19-31MAR19; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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$279 $140

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$246 $124

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Location: Set in the heart of Robertson Quay along the iconic Singapore River, a short walk from bars, shops and restaurants.

Location: In Robertson Quay, close to Clarke Quay MRT Station and the shopping strip of Orchard Road.

Vibe: Uber cool and stylish interiors fill an ultra-modern space. Very groovy and unique, the kind of place you brag about!

Vibe: Funky and stylish loft-style designer rooms you're going to want to splash all over your Instagram!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost)

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Room service • Outdoor pool • Indoor pool • Sun terrace • In-house deli • Free shuttle service • Open-air gym • 24-hour reception

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$75

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Award-winning Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal wildlife park. Inside you'll find over 900 nocturnal animals from 135 species. Roam the jungle on one of the walking trails or ride the tram across the Himalayan foothills and equatorial Africa. SINNGT

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WITHLOCALS: SINGAPORE FOOD TOUR

$70

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HALF DAY

Walk through unique areas that have influenced the city's food scene and dig in to ten tastings showcasing the delectable flavours of Singapore! Indulge in a glorious mix of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cooking that make Singapore a key player in foodie tourism.

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WITHLOCALS: MAGICAL SINGAPORE BY NIGHT

$44

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HALF DAY

After the sun sets head out to discover Singapore's nightlife moving through the sparkling city lights. Eat hawker-style in Chinatown, walk through local alleys full of street art, see the Marina Bay water and light show and finish up with some satay and cold beers.

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WITHLOCALS: FAMOUS SIGHTS & SECRETS TOUR

$53

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HALF DAY

Stroll through Singapore's must-see sights and discover the hidden gems and history of the city like a local! Walk the Colonial District, eat a Chinese snack at Tiong Bahru Market, visit the secret rooftop orchard garden, and finish up at the famous Gardens by the Bay. WLOSIN


SINGAPORE GO LOCAL 3 DAYS, Singapore

$351

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Singapore Independent Tour

highlights

• Discover Singapore on your own • Orientation tour of the city • Includes a transport travel card

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Days Hotel or Ramada by Wyndham Singapore (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Pick-up and drop-off airport transfers, half-day city tour, EZ Link Card Tour Code: SINGOL

Enjoy return transfers and a travel card for use on buses and all MRT and LRT services in Singapore. You lucky things will also be given a sightseeing brochure and a map of Singapore's spirited streets, so go explore. Spend your first day getting to know your local neighbourhoods, stopping at hawker centres and coffee shops. Day 2, you'll be picked up and given a more in-depth orientation tour of the city. Get to know the temples of Chinatown and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. The tour ends after midday so there'll be a little bit free time to treat yourself to some retail therapy in the outlets of Orchard Road. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 3 where you will be transferred back to the airport.

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Short-haul flights Bali Singapore Moscow Stockholm Melbourne Wellington Kuala Lumpur Bali Phuket Borneo

Fr $180 Fr $218 Fr $282 Fr $294 Fr $407

Long-haul flights Singapore Airlines is a premium full-service carrier and the world’s most awarded airline. Along with its subsidiary airlines, SilkAir and Scoot, it currently operates a network spanning more than 130 destinations in over 30 countries, with superior and friendly service throughout. From a generous 32” seat pitch in Economy Class (plus state-of-theart inflight entertainment) to champagne in Premium Economy Class, customers can look forward to a comfortable journey.

Available to book on BlueTicket. See page 11 for details.

highlights

• 4  0kg baggage allowance for students and youth • Award winning service • Relax with a generous 32" seat pitch

• M  ore than 130 destinations in over 30 countries • Voted the best long haul carrier by Skytrax • State-of-the-art inflight entertainment

Kuala Lumpur Hong Kong Houston Manchester Cape Town Phuket Bangkok Tokyo Auckland Paris London Melbourne Bangkok Los Angeles Tokyo San Francisco

Fr $294 Fr $358 Fr $502 Fr $320 Fr $926 Fr $1,051 Fr $1,077 Fr $1,228

Suggested Itineraries Siem Reap Yangon Mai Kota Kinabalu

Chiang Fr $888

YOUR Houston Manchester MAKE OWN WAY MAKE YOUR London Hanoi OWN WAY Ho Chi Minh City Borneo Perth Fr $1,891

Cape Town Bangkok Singapore YOUR Bali San Francisco MAKE OWN WAY New York Frankfurt Fr $2,174

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inclusions

• Visit Singapore's Botanic Gardens • Airport transfers included • The perfect stopover package


KUALA LUMPUR skyscrapers, shopping & satay MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

A clamour of towering skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, locals' trader markets and more food than you can shake a stick at, Malaysia's capital is full to the brim of things to see and do. It also happens to be the fashion capital of Malaysia; from Jimmy Choo at the flashy Suria KLCC to the trinket stalls at the Bazaar Baru Chow, you're guaranteed to come away with a purchase or two. And don't miss out on the sumptuous food. Satay anyone?

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FURAMA BUKIT BINTANG

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$115 $58

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COSMO HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$77 $39

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Location: Centrally-located in the Golden Triangle, a short walk from Berjaya Times Square.

Location: Close to the Bukit Bintang district, a short walking distance from Masjid India and the Petronas Twin Towers.

Vibe: High-rise hotel with classy interiors. Think oversized windows for bright rooms and a fab view.

Vibe: A large hotel with clean, modern rooms and large common areas. Ideal for longer stays that call for more comfort.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Cocktail lounge • Poolside bar • Restaurant • Room service • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Restaurant • Café • Laundry • Luggage storage • Daily housekeeping • 24-hour reception • Off-site parking (at extra cosst)

KULFBB

KULCOS

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FR$139 HOTEL STRIPES KUALA LUMPUR AN AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION BY MARRIOTT FR$70

SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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FRASERS RESIDENCE

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$141 $71

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Location: In Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle district, not far from Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC.

Location: Situated in an exclusive residential area, just next to Valley Point Shopping Mall and close to Tiong Bahru MRT station.

Vibe: Distinctive character mixed with edgy style and adventure, featuring bespoke rooms with contemporary design.

Vibe: Contemporary apartments with comfy living rooms and beds, and fitted with a kitchenette.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Room service • Rooftop infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Room service • Gym • Luggage storage • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Apartments • 24-hour room service • Indoor pool • Poolside café • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Barbecue area • Spa & massage services • Gym • Mini-market

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$31

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SIGHTSEEING WITH LOCALS Half Day | Withlocals: Batu Caves, Waterfalls & Hot Springs Tour

BERJAYA

2 TIMES SQUARE

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$75

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$43

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$43

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$26

Kuala Lumpur International Airport: 58km Independent Tour

KUALA LUMPUR STOPOVER

$192

FR

3 DAYS

Meet at Kuala Lumpur airport and transfer to Hotel Sentral Pudu in downtown KL. With two nights' accommodation, breakfast each morning and return airport transfers all included, this is more than just a whistle stop. A half-day city tour will show you gold-domed King's Palace, colourful Chinatown, and the world's tallest free-standing flag pole. Plus, there's plenty of free time to get to know the Malaysian consumer culture! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share room at Hotel Sentral Pudu (2 nts) Transport: Air con van or coach Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Transfers, entry fees, English-speaking guide Tour Code: KULLSP

Independent Tour

TAMAN NEGARA

$559

FR

9 DAYS

Your adventure begins with a feast-filled foodie tour of Kuala Lumpur's best street stalls. Then to the Cameron Highlands for fresh air and a tour of a rainforest tea plantation, a butterfly garden, and a Buddhist temple. Day 5 takes you to Penang for two nights to explore its rich cultural heritage. On Day 7, arrive in colonial Malacca, and return to Kuala Lumpur the next day. The tour includes your accommodation and return airport transfers. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels or 3*-4* hotels (7 nts), night bus (1 nt) Transport: Bus, shuttle Meals: 7 breakfasts (hotel only) Includes: Activities as per itinerary Note: Tourism accommodation tax not included Tour Code: BEKULMEA

4 DAYS

Enjoy return transfers from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and accommodation with a range of optional activities over four days in rainforest bliss. The park is home to tigers, macaques, birdlife and enormous flowers that will leave you stunned. Go night walking, jungle trekking, canopy walking, visit a native settlement, or go rapids shooting to Kuala Trenggan. Relish in ample free time to explore before returning to Kuala Lumpur. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mutiara Taman Negra or similar (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Air con vehicle Included: Return transfers, entrance fees Note: Transfer ugrades available Tour Code: KULTAM

Independent Tour

MALAYSIA ENCOMPASSED ADVENTURE

$702

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Independent Tour

PERHENTIAN ISLANDS

$827

FR

5 DAYS

Arrive in Kota Bharu airport and ferry to Perhentian Island for five days of sun, sea and relaxation. You'll stay in an eco-friendly resort with its own private beach. Spend your days swimming in the bay, helping in the island's conservation efforts on the Turtle and Reef conservation project. The trip includes accommodation, some meals, transfers and a snorkelling trip. Jungle trekking, diving and kayaking are optional extras. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (4 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Air con coach, ferry Includes: Boat and land transfers, activities as per itinerary Note: Tourism accommodation tax not included Tour Code: KBRPER

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LANGKAWI 99 problems but this ain't one MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

White powder sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and peachy sunsets; Langkawi is pretty amazing. Otherwise known as the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is in fact 99 islands drawn into one, though chances are you'll spend most of your time on the largest, Pulau Langkawi. If you're feeling adventurous, hop in your car and pass through quaint villages, past rubber plantations and swaying palm trees, ending in your very own beach paradise.

Rock Solid

HOLIDAY VILLA BEACH RESORT & SPA

A-List

$158 $81

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THE WESTIN LANGKAWI

ROOM ONLY

$393 $197

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: A seaside resort situated on Pantai Tengah, only a two-minute walk from the beach.

Location: Set on its own gorgeous stretch of sand facing the Andaman Sea, not far from Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall.

Vibe: Tropical beachfront resort with bright and airy rooms. Elegant and laid-back with its own twist of comfort.

Vibe: An upscale island hideaway with luxurious five-star guestrooms and suites, did we mention the four pools?!

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Beachfront bar • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • Sauna • Tennis courts • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Private beach • 4 pools • 2 bars • 6 restaurants • Garden • Spa and massage services • Gym • Tennis courts

LGKHVB

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A-List

$241 $121

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MERITUS PELANGI BEACH RESORT & SPA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$432 $216

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Nesting on the outskirts of a rainforest sanctuary, this resort embraces boundless views of the mountains and sea.

Location: Fronted by a white sand beach and surrounded by 35 acres of tropical gardens with lakes and lagoon pools.

Vibe: Stilted chalets with traditional Malay furnishings and front doors opening onto turquoise waters, great for romancers.

Vibe: Five-star village-style resort with beachfront, lakeside, poolview and garden terrace rooms.

Highlights: Private chalets and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Oceanview pool • Sunken pool bar • 6 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts • Watersports available

Highlights: Wooden chalets • Private verandahs • In-room safe • 2 outdoor pools • Swim-up bar • Cocktail bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Tennis courts • Watersports available

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PENANG a feast for the senses! MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Arguably the foodie capital of Malaysia, Penang is truly a feast for the senses. Fill your belly to the brim with tasty fried noodles, succulent chicken satay and a lip-smackingly good combination of meat, vegetables and dumplings (lok lok) – all washed down with ice cold sugarcane water. If you can tear yourself away from the food, head off and explore this diverse island, discovering mountainous jungle, empty beaches, and an old-world charm.

A-List

SHANGRI-LA GOLDEN SANDS

A-List

$280 $140

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HOTEL PENAGA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$177 $89

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Location: Directly on Batu Feringghi Beach and down the road from a lively night market.

Location: The hotel is built in heritage 1940s shophouses in the heart of UNESCO-listed Georgetown Penang.

Vibe: Upmarket beachfront resort with over 380 rooms boasting all the mod cons, including flatscreen TVs and pillow menus!

Vibe: Boutique hotel featuring antique furniture, restored wooden flooring and Asian art. Relax with a book in the stylish library.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • 24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools • 2 bar lounges • 2 restaurants • Gym • Adventure Zone • Splash Zone • Eco centre • Golf course • Tennis courts

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Library • Gift shop • Terrace • Gym • Spa • Hot tub • Concierge

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PARKROYAL PENANG RESORT

$237 SINGLE $119 TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Peaceful and picturesque beach resort with luxurious rooms and beautiful sea views. You can count on a five-star experience here, indulging in beauty treatments at the spa and dining at one of four eateries on-site, while still being close to all the action. Location: Set in palm-shaded gardens on the popular Batu Feringghi Beach, close to the Feringghi Night Bazaar, Batu Ferringghi Waterfall and the Tropical Spice Garden. Vibe: Oceanview hotel famed for its warm Malay hospitality and impeccable service. Enjoy modern Asian-style decorated rooms with sea or hill views. Once settled in, you'll barely lift a finger! Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Freeform pool • 2 restaurants • Bar • Sunset bar • Steam room • Spa • Gym • Watersports centre • Kids club • Amazonian children water splash theme park

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Imagine a fusion of fascinating ethnic communities, some of the best landscapes and the greatest wildlife and you've got just a glimpse of what Borneo has to offer. With the Sipadan reef teeming with turtles and rays, Sarawak's swathes of remotest jungle, the mighty Mt. Kinabalu and the heart-warming Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehab Centre for orphaned and injured orang-utans (yes it IS okay to cry), you won't be short of things to do.

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SHANGRI-LA'S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA

$319 $160

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SHANGRI-LA'S TANJUNG ARU RESORT & SPA

INCLUDES BREAKFAST

$373 $187

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

ROOM ONLY

Location: In an 'untouchable' forested nature reserve right on a private beach in Kota Kinabalu's Dalit Bay.

Location: A 25-acre resort on a sweeping bay with its own private beach and large tropical gardens, just ten minutes from the airport.

Vibe: Luxury 499-room escape with jungle walks, watersports and a nature reserve at your doorstep.

Vibe: Lavish and comfortable rooms (hello, pillow menus!), beachside cabanas and its own private STAR Marina.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • 2 outdoor pools • Beach bar • 6 restaurants • Spa • Tennis courts • 18-hole golf course • Nature reserve • Kids club

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Pillow menu • In-room safe • 24-hour room service • Outdoor pool • 6 bars and restaurants • Spa • Watersports and island transfers from STAR Marina

STAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 10: 01APR19-31MAR20 (BLACKOUT DATES APPLY); HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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SABAH HIGHLIGHTS ADVENTURE 7 DAYS, Kota Kinabalu

$1,454

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Sandakan Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary visit • Relax in the Poring hot springs • Nature trek around Mt. Kinabalu

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels & budget hotels (3 nts), longhouse (1 nt), lodge (2 nt) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Group Size: Max 12 Includes: Airport pick-up/drop-off, local Englishspeaking guides, lodge guide Days 4 & 5, all transport, activities specified in the itinerary, entry fees Tour Code: BEBKISAB

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• Snorkel in Tunku Abdul Rahman • Overnight in the jungle • Come face to face with nature

A week-long journey immersed in pristine natural surroundings and rich culture. Start your trip with a Kota Kinabalu airport pick-up. On Day 2, you're off on a snorkelling trip to the gorgeous Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park before swapping sea for summits in the Mt. Kinabalu National Park on Day 3. It's a pretty full-on day of nature hikes and canopy walks, all tied up with a visit to the Poring hot springs and a night spent at a peaceful tea plantation. On Days 4-5, travel deep into the heart of Sabah to an adventure lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, with time set aside for an optional night walk. Head out on river cruises to see the wildlife. Day 6 takes you to the Gomantong Caves and Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary where semi-wild apes come to feed. Your trip comes to an end in Sandakan on Day 7.

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Independent Tour

$1,106

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3 DAYS

Step into the wild with this nature-filled romp around the best bits of Borneo. Get picked up in Sandakan and catch a boat to Turtle Island for snorkelling and swimming. Next, visit the Gomantong Caves and take a trip down the Kinabatangan River in search of big-nosed proboscis monkeys. Finish at the Sepilok Orang-utan Centre to say 'hello' to the big ginger swingers. Then, it's back to the city, where your trip ends. Departs: Daily (subject to weather conditions) Accommodation: Basic twin share (2 nts) Transport: Air con van/coach/car, boat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: English-speaking guide, entry fees Tour Code: SDKORA

NATURALLY SABAH

$1,646

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5 DAYS

Arrive in Kota Kinabalu and spend the day getting to know this tree-fringed market city. Then to the mountains of Kinabalu Park and into the jungle through forest trails. Day 3, drive out to Sukau and cruise up the Kinabatangan River, keeping your peepers peeled for funny-looking monkeys and tiny elephants. Then it's on to Sepilok's Orang-utan Sanctuary where you'll also meet the famous sun bear. The trip ends with blissful beach time on Coral Island. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), river lodge (2 nts) Transport: Air con van/coach/car, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: English-speaking guide, entry fees Tour Code: BKINAT

Gomantong Caves, Borneo

KUCHING & LONGHOUSE STAY

$703

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4 DAYS

Discover Kuching's heritage, get up close and personal with orang-utans, and delve into traditional Bidayuh culture on this fab tour. After your arrival on Day 1, walk the Heritage Trail and discover the old colonial buildings of Kuching. Then it's to Semenggoh to spot our favourite ginger primates before learning a traditional dance at a rural Biyaduh village. Spend the night in their longhouses and then return to Kuching the next morning. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic twin share (2 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Air con coach Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Includes: English-speaking guide, entry fees Tour Code: KCHKLS

7-DAY BORNEO EXPLORER

7 DAYS

Set off for Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and snorkel the clear waters, keeping the eyes alert for turtles and spectacular coral. The adventure continues into Kinabalu Park, travelling to the nearby hot springs and taking to the treetops on a canopy walk. Set your eyes upon the majestic Mt. Kinabalu, visit a tea plantation, spot orang-utans and crocodiles on an evening river cruise, trek to Oxbow Lake, and visit the Gomantong Caves. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), longhouse (1 nt), lodge (2 nts), Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Air con vehicle Includes: Airport transfers, entry fees Tour Code: BKIBEX

EXPERIENCE BORNEO & CONSERVE ORANG-UTANS 14 DAYS, Kuching

$1,072

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Kuching

$2,261

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This voluntour is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak, and to help bring back harmony between people and orang-utans in the region. Visit three national parks, see the native proboscis monkey in its natural habitat, and become one of the special few to experience and help with the rehabilitation of orang-utans at the famous Semenggoh Nature Reserve. At Matang Wildlife Centre, you'll muck in and help with feeding, cleaning and maintenance. Post-volunteering, enjoy an exhilarating week's adventure into the rainforest where you'll meet and stay with the Iban tribe, once hunters, now custodians of the orang-utan. Experience an incredible and unique stay with them in a traditional longhouse and learn how to cook, fish and make traditional handicrafts under their guidance.

highlights

• Stay and trek in lush national parks • Meet endangered Bornean animals • Help out at Matang Wildlife Centre

Project start date: 3rd of each month Project location: Matang Wildlife Centre, Sarawak Getting There: Return transfers from/to Kuching airport included Accommodation: Basic multi-share room in hostels, park lodges and longhouse lodges (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners Note: There's no touching of orang-utans as this runs contrary to efforts to rehabilitate them back to the wild and carries risk of injury or disease to both animals and humans Tour Code: KCHVOL

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PADANG

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SUMATRA JAKARTA

MT. BROMO

JAVA

LOMBOK

RED ISLAND

PEMUTERAN

SULAWESI FLORES LOVINA

MT. BATUR

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MONKEY FOREST, UBUD

BEACHFRONT BARS

SATE AYAM (SATAY)

Three tiny islands with white sands and dazzling coral reef. Swim with turtles, eat fresh fish at the market and party!

The secret's out about Canggu! Head to this bohemian hideaway for relaxed arty vibes, great surf and modern cafés.

Ubud's Monkey Forest is home to 500 Balinese long-tailed macaques as well as the fab family-run Komaneka Fine Art Gallery.

Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club are the perfect places to lounge in style, sip on a cocktails and watch the sun go down.

Marinated in kecap manis, grilled over charcoal and then dipped in spicy peanut sauce, this is the best sate in the world!

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BALI ON A SHOESTRING 9 DAYS, Kuta

$879

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Gili Trawangan Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAEKG

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Day 1-2 Kuta Arrive into lively Kuta at any time on Day 1, and make the most of your free day. This is one of Bali's busiest tourist hotspots, so there's definitely plenty for you to do and you certainly won't be lonely! Meet the group and explore the town together the next day. Opt to take a surf lesson, chill out on the beach or explore some nearby towns. Party-going travellers can revel in the thumping nightlife that Kuta is renowned for, or head to nearby Seminyak and Petitenget to for a more upmarket evening out - with chic bars aplenty. (B)

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• Relax on Gili Trawangan's fab beaches • Enjoy a traditional Kecak dance • G for Good collection

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• Visit Git Git waterfall • Explore Ubud's famous Monkey Forest • Free time to explore Kuta

Accommodation: Simple twin-share hotels or multi-share hostel (6 nts), guesthouse (2 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70$95 for meals not included

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 3-4 Kubutambahan Up next is Kubutambahan, right up in the north of Bali. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way, and stop for traditional buffet lunch at the G for Good Bali Community Training Lunch Programme with the Senang Hati Foundation. In HinduBali, it is a societal belief that being born with a disability is a product of bad karma so the project aims to empower individuals through employment training and community building. After a delicious lunch, settle in to your charming guesthouse. On Day 4, try your hand at Balinese cuisine with an included cooking lesson (which will surely gain you some brownie points with your friends when you get home) then opt to walk around the village, visit a waterfall, swim in a natural spring or head to a nearby dragon fruit farm. (2B, L, 2D)

Day 5-6 Ubud After a morning at leisure, travel to the cultural hub Ubud, the centre of traditional arts and crafts and dance. And Ubud is breathtakingly beautful, might we add, surrounded by rainforests and covered in cascading rice paddies. En route, visit the picturesque Git Git waterfall and then you can start your own exploration of the town. Go on a rice fields walk, pop by the serene Saraswati temple or relax and dine with a view. On Day 6, check out the lush Monkey Forest - famous for its sticky-fingered monkeys so keep a solid hold of your belongings! - then explore more of Ubud on your own. Opt for a yoga class (where better to find your inner zen), get a massage or visit the numerous temples, rice paddies and markets that pepper the area. This evening, opt to see a traditional Kecak dance performance. (2B)

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Day 7-9 Gili Trawangan Transfer to Padang Bai and catch a ferry to the laid-back island of Gili Trawangan. The gorgeous Gili T is home to clear waters and an assortment of beachfront bars. But best of all? There are no motorised vehicles! Ride in a traditional cidomo (horse-drawn cart) to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day to chill out, rent a bike or just relax on the beach. Gili T can also shout about it reefs and amazing marine life - it's the sort of place where a turtle just swims up next to you while you're casually having a dip. On Day 8, it's another day in paradise with the entire day free for you to spend at your leisure. If you don't fancy a full day on the beach (we won't judge if you do - you're on holiday!) opt for a snorkelling excursion to see life under the water. Tuck into some fresh seafood at the night market, enjoy one last outing with the group, and go your separate ways on Day 9. (3B)

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Bali's magical reputation doesn't have to be held up by water temples and surfing opportunities alone - there are plenty of awesome inland cultural highlights to draw you in as well! This nine-day itinerary explores rice paddies and local culture as well as giving over time to cover as many beach bars as possible as well as plenty of long and lingering sunbathing days - all but mandatory.


CLASSIC BALI 8 DAYS, Sanur

$1,099

FR

Candidasa

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill on stunning beaches • Culture and more in Ubud • Explore Hindu temples

• Marvel at active volcanoes • Snorkel kaleidoscopic reefs • Take a dip in hot springs

Arrive at any time and explore the seaside streets of Sanur. Leave the lowlands the next morning and make for the mountain lakes of Bedugal. Walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and check out Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, an ancient water temple dedicated to the river goddess. That evening you'll bed down in Munduk but not before you share a traditional meal and get a taste of true Balinese hospitality. (B, D)

Sanur Beach, Bali

Day 3-5 Kintamani / Ubud

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $80-105 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAESU

Kintamani BA L I

Candidasa

My Own Room Available: Fr $719

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Bedugal / Munduk

Day 6-8 Candidasa Take a short bus journey to the southeastern coast of Bali and settle into the beaches of Candidasa. Swim off secluded white-sand beaches, go fish-spotting with optional snorkelling, or just chill out and work on that tan. You may also like to pay a visit to the water temple, Tirta Gangga, take a yoga class or treat yourself to a massage on the beach. After a final night, the tour comes to an end on Day 8. (3B)

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Today you'll travel through more lush rice fields and up winding roads to the hikers' haven of Kintamani. Take a dip in the local hot springs and get an early night, as those who are up early enough the next morning will get the chance to hike to the top of Mt. Batur at sunrise. Once back from the volcano, the group heads inland to the rich cultural centre of Ubud. Along the way you'll stop for lunch at the Bali Community Lunch, a G for Good programme that supports and assists people living with disabilities to find independence and meaningful employment. In Ubud, opt to visit Monkey Forest, check out the arts and crafts, or venture out to the terraced rice paddies. In the evening you'll have the opportunity to witness a traditional Kecak dance performance. (3B, L)

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CLASSIC LOMBOK 8 DAYS, Candidasa

$1,149

FR

Sanur

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore volcanic landscapes • Laze on sweeping beaches • Snorkel colourful reefs

• Trek Lombok's interior • Try your hand at surfing • Monkeys galore in Pusuk

Day 1-3 Candidasa / Kuta (Lombok) Arrive at any time into the beautiful beach resort of Candidasa. Next day, travel to Padangbai harbour for the ferry crossing to lovely Lombok. Lombok is a true island paradise with its surf beaches and excellent reefs for snokelling. Explore the area's rice paddies, tobacco fields and a small Sasak village en route to the southern town of Kuta (not to be confused with Bali's Kuta). You'll have a full day to explore the area on Day 3. Want to get the sea salt in your hair? Opt to try your hand at surfing or just simply laze on the beach with a beer. (2B)

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Day 4-6 Tetebatu / Senggigi / Gili Islands

Gili Islands

Senaru

Candidasa Senggigi

Tetebatu

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boat Meals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $95-125 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEUS

My Own Room Available: Fr $739

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Sanur

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BA L I

Day 7-8 Sanur Beach Return to Bali by boat and transfer to the resort village of Sanur. Sanur is a seaside town, a long stretch of beach with shallow waters decorated with colourful Indonesian fishing boats called jukung. Enjoy a final evening with your group, plus an optional dinner as you admire a beautiful Balinese sunset. Your Indonesian adventure comes to an end on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)

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Feb

This morning, travel into the hills to the scenic destination of Tetebatu, where you'll be able to enjoy some easy trekking through rice fields, before spending the night at Senggigi. On Day 5, hike the base of Mt. Rinjani and cool off with a well-earned swim at a secluded waterfall. Suitably refreshed, make for the harbour and jump on an outrigger boat to the beautiful palm-fringed Gili Islands. These islands are truly the perfect place to relax and really get away from it all. Make sure you seek out the ocean swing for the perfect holiday pic (#nofilter)! If you're feeling energetic, you can head off of an organised snorkelling trip of the coral reefs and run into the majestic sea turtle, who come around in numbers! (3B)

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Day 1-2 Sanur Beach / Bedugal / Munduk

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CLASSIC BALI & LOMBOK 14 DAYS, Sanur

$2,179

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Sanur Small Group Adventure

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inclusions Accommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses (13 nts) Transport: Minibus, local bus, ferry, private boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,309

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Arrive in Sanur at any time and meet the rest of your group. The next morning you'll head up into the highlands to the stunning Lake Bratan Temple and the UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih Rice Terraces before continuing over the mountains to the town of Bedugal. Overnight in Munduk where you can experience true Balinese hospitality with an included dinner of flavourful local specialities. On Day 3, travel through lush rice paddies and up Gunung Batur to Kintamani, a town situated on the edge of a crater overlooking Lake Batur. Chill out here with a soak in hot springs. (2B, D)

Sep

Day 1-3 Sanur Beach / Bedugal / Munduk / Kintamani

Departures 2019 Feb

• Try your hand at surfing Kuta's breaks • Chill out and snorkel in the Gilis • Experience traditional Sasak village culture

Jan

highlights

• Take a dip in volcanic hot springs • Visit the impressive Jatiluwih Rice Terraces • Savour traditional Balinese cuisine

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

Day 4-7 Ubud / Candidasa

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Early risers can opt for a dawn trek to the summit of Mt. Batur, it really is worth setting the alarm for! Stop for lunch at the G for Good Bali Community Lunch, a programme run in conjunction with Senang Hati, an organisation working to improve the lives of adults with disabilities. Then head to the cultural and artistic town of Ubud, regarded as the home of Balinese culture. Surrounded by scenic rice paddies and ancient temples, this popular town has inspired artists from all around the world and attracts a diverse mix of backpackers, hippies and intrepid travellers. Opt to visit the Monkey Forest or explore the numerous temples and craft markets. You can also choose to take a yoga class, partake in a Balinese cooking class or go for a traditional massage. Day 6, travel the short distance by bus to the legendary beaches of Candidasa, stopping at the historic Kerta Gosa court of justice. During your two-night stay there'll be plenty of free time for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Opt to visit the water temple, the former royal palace of Tirta Gangga, or find yourself a spot on one of the secluded beaches along the coast. (4B, L)

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Day 8-10 Kuta (Lombok) / Tetebatu / Senggigi Head down to the port of Padangbai for the ferry crossing over to the port of Lembar on the island of Lombok, a real treat for those who love to surf. Continue by road to the surfing hotspot of Kuta via a traditional Sasak village. On Day 9, enjoy a full day's exploration - laze on the sweeping sandy beaches or test your balance on a surfboard! The following morning, travel to the village of Tetebatu on the slope of the Rinjani Volcano, and spend the afternoon on an easy trek through rice fields. Overnight in the tourist resort of Senggigi. (3B)

Indonesia, Java, Bali and Lombok (22 days, Jakarta - Sanur) (GAAEJL) Fr $3,249

Day 11-14 Gili Trawangan / Sanur Beach Before hitting the paradise islands of the Gili Islands, hike to a waterfall at the base of the Rinjani Volcano. Then it's time to kick back and relax in Gili T. Surrounded by white-sand beaches and pristine waters, these islands are the ideal place to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Grab a bike and cycle around the island, head to the fresh food night market that will lure you in on smell alone, and head to one of the many bars and clubs on this tiny island. Take an optional snorkelling trip if you want to explore the spectacular underwater marine life (sea turtles!) and coral reefs. Return to Bali on Day 13 and transfer back to Sanur. Reflect on your adventure for one last night before your tour comes to an end on Day 14. (4B)

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Bedugal / Munduk

Kintamani

Gili Islands

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Candidasa Ubud

Senggigi

Senaru Tetebatu LO M B O K

Sanur Kuta

Gili Islands, Indonesia

Monkey Forest, Ubud

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAESS


BALI INTRO 9 DAYS, Kuta

$1,089

FR

Gili Trawangan Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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Discover Kuta's crazy nightlife, visit ancient temples, learn to surf, swim under amazing waterfalls, experience local culture, spot wild dolphins, see wild monkeys, snorkel with turtles... if you're looking for any of the above you've come to the right place! Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Group Leader and local guides throughout Group Size: Min 4, Max 22 Tour Code: DPSBWF

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Touch down in Bali, be greeted by your tour leader and transfer to your guesthouse in Kuta to meet the rest of your group. The following morning, experience the hidden gems of Uluwatu with a short drive to a beautiful temple on a cliff edge. Then, head to the beach for some chill time before a sunset dinner. Later on, it's back to Kuta to get a taste of the iconic nightlife.

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Day 1-2 Kuta

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Departures 2019

• Spot wild dolphins at sea • Snorkel with turtles in Gili T • Chill out on beautiful beaches

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• Experience Bali's lively nightlife • Learn to surf on awesome breaks • Discover ancient temples

Accommodation: Twin, triple or multi-share in guesthouses, hotels and a private villa (8 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Return airport transfers, all transport, activities as per itinerary

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Day 3 Canggu What better way to ease a sore head than trying to balance on a board in the sea, right? Today takes you to the volcanic sands of Canggu to learn how to surf by the local dudes in one of the world's most famous surf destinations. Shakas out!

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Day 4 Lovina On Day 4, it's on to Lovina, an untouched paradise of stunning rice paddies and captivating culture. On the way, visit fascinating temples, see the lush rice paddies en route and take some time out for a swim under a gorgeous waterfall.

Day 5 Lovina Jump in a traditional outrigger boat on Day 5 and cruise the coast to swim and spot the local populations of wild dolphins. You'll then visit a local homestay, where you'll get a hands-on experience of basket weaving, coffee production and get the chance to learn about traditional Balinese life. After that, head back to your villa and make the most out of your infinity pool. (B, L, D)

Day 6-7 Gili Trawangan

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Travel by fast ferry to the stunning island of Gili T (aka Gili Trawangan) where you'll have some free time to relax, enjoy the island and top up your tan before experiencing some island nightlife. As Gili T has no motorised vehicles, you'll get the chance to explore the island by bicycle on Day 7, taking in the stunning views and relaxing on some beautiful sandy beaches. Continue the party this evening! (2B) I N D O N E S I A

Day 8-9 Gili Trawangan On Day 8, you'll travel by boat around all three beautiful Gili Islands, snorkelling in crystal clear waters. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles. You'll then head out for a delicious farewell dinner before partying the night away. On Day 9, your tour sadly comes to a close. Want to stick around? Why not join the 12-day option and continue with your group to Ubud? It's not all over yet! (2B, D)

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BALI EXPERIENCE 12 DAYS, Kuta

$1,600

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Ubud

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Learn to surf with Bali locals • Sunrise volcano trek • Snorkel with turtles

• Enjoy 4* accommodation • Learn to cook Balinese food • Spot dolphins in Lovina

Day 1-3 Seminyak / Canggu

Ubud, Bali

Day 4-5 Lovina

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Lovina

Gili Trawangan

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Ubud

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Today, it's back to the mainland. Explore the famous Monkey Forest and learn how to whip up Balinese fare with a traditional cooking class. Wake early on Day 11 for your volcano trek, where you'll enjoy a breakfast prepared on the heat of the volcano! After a Balinese massage and a farewell dinner, the trip ends on Day 12. (4B, L, D)

UNIQUE BALI: CULTURE, NATURE & BEACHES 10 DAYS, Denpasar

$1,045

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Seminyak

Independent Tour

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• Spiritual tour in Ubud • Half-day cycling tour • Soak in some hot springs

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Day 9-12 Ubud

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Kuta

Departures 2019

Canggu Seminyak

Jan

What do you say to three days in paradise? Arrive at Gili T by fast ferry, and check in to your beachside bungalow. The next couple of days will see you exploring the island by bike, soaking up the sun on the beach and taking to the water on a snorkelling boat trip, where you'll keep an eye out for resident turtles. (3B, L)

Mar

Day 6-8 Gili Trawangan

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Includes: All transport including return transfers to Bali airport Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Group leader and local guides Group Size: Min 4, Max 16 Includes: Activities as per itinerary Tour Code: DPSBEX

Feb

Your destination today is Lovina, a relatively unknown natural gem full of fascinating culture, but without the crowds. On the way, visit temples, waterfalls and walk among lush rice paddies. Your accommodation is set high up in the mountains, with a stunning view of the ocean. After breakfast on Day 5, jump on a traditional Balinese boat in search of dolphins and fab swimming spots. Visit a local family and get hands-on experience in basket weaving and coffee production. (2B, 2L)

• Go on a snorkelling trip • Chill out in Candidasa • Hit the bars of Seminyak

Day 1-3 Denpasar / Ubud Arrive into Denpasar Airport on Day 1 and catch your transfer to Bali's cultural capital Ubud. The next day, hop aboard a bike and enjoy a half-day cycle tour of the surrounding region. Stop by the famous rice paddies, visit a local school and enjoy a traditional Balinese lunch. On Day 3, enjoy a spiritual tour of Ubud. Start off by giving an offering to the gods at a local temple, known as Canag in Bali. Continue to the King's Tombs at Gunung Kawi, then explore rice paddies and visit some kids at a local foundation. After lunch, hike up Goa Gajah and Yeh Pulu. (2B, 2L)

Rice terraces, Ubud

Day 4-6 Munduk / Pemuteran Head to Munduk Village today, a microcosm of traditional Bali, famous for its beautiful rainforest scenery. Opt to go trekking, then continue to Dayang, famous for its rice paddies. On Day 5, move on to Pemuteran via Git Git waterfall, Banjar hot springs and the Wihara Buddhist temple. The hot springs are believed to ward off diseases - see if they can work their magic! The next day, head to Menjangan Island for snorkelling, the waters are deep and have some of the most spectacular coral on the island. Enjoy a picnic lunch and return to Pemuteran. (3B, L)

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Pemuteran

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Day 7-10 Pemuteran / Candidasa / Seminyak Make your way to Candidasa today, stopping at a few places along the way. First up is Tirta Gangga, a park full of statues taken from historical Hindu periods. Next up is Taman Ujung Water Palace, a former palace in the Karangasem Regency. Continue on to your hotel in Candidasa, a small seaside town in eastern Bali. On Day 8, enjoy plenty of free time and opt to go snorkelling, diving, fishing or trekking. The next day, head to Seminyak and enjoy your free time around the pool or at the beach. your trip ends in Semiyak on Day 10 so make the most of your time in one of the liveliest areas of Bali, with eateries, bars and clubs galore to choose from. (4B)

Ubud

Denpasar Seminyak

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Candidasa

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in hotels, cottages and guesthouses (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches Transport: Transfers from/to Denpasar Airport, all transport via air con private vehicle throughout Includes: Activities as specified in the itinerary, entry fees Group Leader: English-speaking guide on activities Group Size: Min 2, Max 8 Tour Code: DPSCNB

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Begin with your transfer to Seminyak, take a seat by the pool and get to know your group. Day 2 is for beaches, temples and sunsets in Uluwatu! Visit a temple that sits on a cliff's edge, then enjoy some time at the beach before a sunset dinner and a trip back into Seminyak to experience the Balinese nightlife. On Day 3, head for the coast and volcanic sands of Canggu, known for its waves (naturally) and its laid-back surfer attitude. Enjoy a surfing lesson with local experts and learn to glide on water. (2B, L, D)


INDONESIA & BALI

Pura Tanah Lot, Bali

9 DAYS BALI BEACHES - UBUD COMBINATION Denpasar

$970

FR

Ubud

9 DAYS

highlights

• Try your hand at surfing • See Pura Tanah Lot Temple

• Relax with some yoga • Go white water rafting

Combine windswept beaches with relaxing yoga on this nine-day whirlwind adventure. After you've touched down in Denpasar, get whisked off to Seminyak for some beach time and surfing. Then, continue to the Hindu temple Pura Tanah Lot and Lakes Beratan and Buyan. Move on to Jimbaran Beach for some yoga time, then it's on to Pandawa Beach for a traditional dance. On Day 6, head to Ubud for three days of white water rafting and volcano trekking. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels or guesthouses (8 nts) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary included Tour Code: DPSUCO

Gili Meno, Gili Islands

$776

10 DAYS BALI-LOMBOK GILI ISLAND HOPPING Seminyak

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Seminyak

10 DAYS

highlights

• Visit Lombok's waterfalls • Explore traditional villages

• Relax on sweeping beaches • Enjoy time on Gili Islands

Head to Lombok, Bali's 'quiet neighbour' on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, head to traditional villages and see two waterfalls close to Mt. Rinjani. Follow up with a day tour to the hand-weaving village of Sukerara, then chill out at Kuta Beach. On Day 5, head to the Gili Islands for bike rides, snorkelling and plenty of chill out time. On Day 8, hop aboard a boat for a final boat party, then on Day 9, head back to Seminyak in Bali for your last night. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels or guesthouses (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary included Tour Code: DPSGIH

ISLAND HOPPING BALI, LEMBONGAN, NUSA PENIDA & GILI TRAWANGAN 12 DAYS, Denpasar

$1,045

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Canggu

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Chill out in Ubud • Enjoy time on Nusa Penida • Go snorkelling in Gili T

• Included bike tour • Explore pretty rice paddies • Plenty of relaxation time

Day 1-3 Denpasar / Ubud Once you've touched down into Bali, get whisked off by your driver and head to Ubud, the cultural heart of the island. Connect with nature in the rainforest and rice paddies, wander the Hindu temples and shrines, and allow yourself to fully disconnect from the outside world. On Day 3, enjoy a half-day cycling tour through local villages and past those famous rice paddies. (2B, L) Broken Beach, Nusa Penida

Day 4-6 Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Penida / Nusa Lembongan Head offshore to Nusa Lembongan today and get settled in with an icy cocktail or two. The next day, cross over to the western part of Nusa Penida. First port of call? Broken Beach and the Angel's Billabong, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the blue azure horizon. Continue to the insta-famous Kelingking cliff - make sure you've got your camera out! On Day 6, chill out on the beaches of Nusa Lembongan and cool off in the waves; it's a hard life, hey?! (3B)

Day 7-9 Gili Trawangan Hop aboard a fast boat to Gili Trawangan, famous for its snorkelling, scuba diving and palm-fringed white beaches. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, then the following day, get to know the island's underwater life on a snorkelling trip. Day 9 is yours to do as you choose. Gili T is slightly larger than its sister islands Gili Meno and Gili Air, so opt to exploring via bike or just chill out on the beach. (3B)

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Ubud

Gili Trawangan

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Canggu Denpasar Nusa Penida Nusa Lembongan

Day 10-12 Canggu

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Sail back to Benoa Harbour on Bali's southern coast, then take a shuttle to Canggu. This area of Bali is famous for its idyllic landscape of rice paddies, and this is a great place to kick back and get at one with nature. After one last night here, your trip will end and you're free to do as you choose. Our advice? Stick around! (3B)

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, twin or double rooms in hotels (11 nts) Transport: All land transport, boat transfers and airport transfers by air con car included Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch Group Leader: Local English-speaking guides at most sights included Group Size: Min 2 Includes: Half-day cycling tour in Ubud, day trip to Nusa Penida, snorkelling trip in Gili Trawangan Tour Code: DPSLBN

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BALI & BEYOND 18 DAYS, Denpasar

$2,365

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Labuan Bajo Small Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Tour Leader and local guide throughout Group Size: Max 16, Min 5 Tour Code: DPSOND

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• Pay a visit to a local Sasak village • Go snorkelling with turtles • Island hop towards Komodo Islands

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Touch down in Denpasar, where you'll be picked up and be transferred to your hotel. Meet your group in the evening for a rooftop dinner and drinks. The next day, pay a visit to two of Bali's most beautiful temples; Tanah Lot and the royal temple of Tamun Ayun. Once you've got your culture fix, catch the sunset from a local beach and spend the night on the town in Canggu's bohemian bars. On Day 3, grab a surfboard and wash away the hangover with an included surf lesson. (2B)

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Day 1-3 Denpasar / Canggu / Kuta

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Departures 2019 Jan

• Spot Komodo dragons and manta rays • Learn to surf Bali's breaks • Chill out on the stunning Gili Islands

Accommodation: Twin-share hotels (15 nts), liveaboard boat (2 nts) Transport: All transport throughout the tour, liveaboard to Komodo and pick-up from Denpasar Airport included Meals: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Day 4-7 Ubud / Gili Trawangan Pack your bags today and head to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. En route, stop at a waterfall to enjoy a muchneeded cool down. That evening, enjoy the town's nightlife and some live music. On Day 5, learn to cook with a local family, then visit the famous locals of the Monkey Forest. Believed to protect the temples within; they're pretty famous here in Bali. The following day, you'll have a relaxing morning, before heading up to a volcano viewpoint for stunning views. Afterwards, take a wander around the rice terraces. On Day 7, hop aboard a ferry and make your way across to Gili T for plenty of R&R and beach time. (4B, L)

Day 8-12 Gili Trawangan / Kuta Lombok Spend the day island-hopping around the magnificent Gili islands; snorkel incredible reefs, shipwrecks and underwater temples, before stopping off for a beachfront lunch on Gili Air. Head back to Gili T via Turtle Point, where you'll get the chance to snorkel with turtles. Take it easy the next day. Explore the island via bike and watch the sunset from the iconic swings, before heading out for the night at the island's many bars. On Day 10, head over to Lombok's southern coast, visiting a traditional Sasak village, incredible waterfalls and numerous beaches. Grab a drink and watch the sunset - what more could you ask for? (5B, D)

Day 13-18 Sumbawa Besar / Moyo Island / Satonda Island / Komodo Island / Padar Island / Labuan Bajo

Ubud, Bali

On Day 13, jump onto a bus and ferry and head east towards the next island, Sumbawa. Once you've arrived you'll have the rest of the day to kick back and relax by the pool. The following day, hop aboard a boat to the beautiful island of Moyo, where you'll explore hidden waterfalls and stunning beaches. On Day 15, board a boat for the next three days and sail towards Komodo. The first stop is Satonda Island, where you'll visit an inland saltwater lake. Start the following day snorkelling with giant manta rays, turtles and more, then visit Komodo Island, home of the infamous dragons. Later on, head to Labuan Bajo, your final stop of the trip. Depart on Day 18, where your guide will be on hand to help with any onward travel. (6B, 3L, 2D)

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Gili Trawangan

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Canggu

Sumbawa Besar

Ubud

Denpasar

Satonda Island Moyo Island Komodo Island

Labuan Bajo

Padar Island

Kuta

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LO M B O K W E S T

T E N G G A R A

Komodo Island, Indonesia

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This 18-day adventure takes you through some of Indonesia's most epic destinations, from the awesome surfer town of Canggu, through the rice terraces of Ubud to the stunning Gili Islands. Let's not forget the dragons and manta rays of Komodo and the traditional villages of Sasak.


SAILING INDONESIA - BALI AND LOMBOK 7 DAYS, Sanur

$1,999

FR

Sanur Small Group Adventure

snapshot The impossibly beautiful coastlines of Bali and Lombok have to be seen to be believed — no postcard can do them justice. And the best way to see them? From the deck of a catamaran, of course.

INDONESIA & BALI

Trip Style: Marine Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, skipper, assistant/cook Group Size: Max 12 Tour Code: GAAEVB

inclusions Accommodation: Double/twin-share cabins (6 nts) Transport: 17m (57 ft) sailing catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $15-20 for meals not included

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• Have a few drinks on Gili Trawangan • Learn about Nusa Penida's history • Plenty of chill out time on the catamaran

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• Sail around the Gili Islands • Go snorkelling with turtles and more • Explore off-the-map island locations

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Day 1-2 Sanur / Nusa Lembongan Today, your sailing adventure on the high seas begins. Arrive in the village of Serangan by 10am and meet your fellow travellers. Then, it's anchors away! Set sail into the waters of the Java Sea and head to Nusa Lembongan on your 17 metre-long catamaran. Along the way, kick back and relax and enjoy the wind through the sails. If the weather's right, you may get a chance to go for an open ocean swim! Once you've arrived, opt to go snorkelling or enjoy a tour of the island's mangroves. The next day, continue sailing to the beautiful islands of Lombok, starting with the three famous Gilis - Air, Meno, and Trawangan. Moor up by Gili Trawangan, the largest of the three islands. (B, 2L, D)

Day 3-5 Lombok Island Spend the next few days exploring the islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Sudak, Gili Nanggu and Gili Gede. Gili 'T' is the largest of the Gilis, and it's where the majority of backpackers and other travellers stay. There's plenty to do here, but we'd recommend grabbing a mask and snorkel and heading off to explore the underwater world. The waters here are famous for their turtles, and you're pretty much guaranteed to see one. Turtle selfie, anyone? Other activities here include yoga, paddleboarding, or simply chilling out on the sand. During the evenings, grab a few drinks and mingle with other travellers at the numerous beach bars found dotted about the island. Post Gili T, head south to Lombok's south-western corner and make for the islands of Gili Sudak and Gili Nanggu. These islands are rarely visited, so if luck is on your side, you may just have them all to yourself! Gili Sudak is a great spot for a food pit-stop (it's also known as 'Lunch Island'), so it's the perfect spot to fire up the barbie for a beach barbecue. Gili Nanggu is otherwise known as 'Paradise Island', and it's pretty easy to see why. With spotless white sand beaches, fish-filled coral reefs and inviting blue waters, you won't want to leave. Post Gili Nanggu, sail west to Gili Gede, arguably the most unspoilt island in the region. With only a handful of bars and restaurants, it's the ideal base for an island-hopping adventure, or for those seeking ultimate privacy. The coral reefs just offshore are home to both turtles and dolphins, and two of the world's top 20 most-coveted surf breaks - Desert Point and Bangko Bangko - are just a ten-minute speedboat ride away. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 6 Lombok Island / Nusa Penida Relax and enjoy your time onboard the catamaran as you sail across to Nusa Penida. Upon arrival, opt for a snorkelling trip, or if you'd like to explore the island more, head out on a Nusa Penida Island Explorer Tour. Once used as a place of banishment for criminals from the kingdom of Klungkung (now called Semarapura), it has an intriguing history that is well worth exploring. (B, L, D)

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Day 7 Nusa Penida / Sanur Sail back to Serangan Village and disembark on arrival. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you may require. (B)

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Nusa Lembongan

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BEST OF FLORES & KOMODO 9 DAYS, Sanur

$1,849

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Sanur

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See Komodo's giant lizards • Multi-hued volcanic lakes • Meet welcoming villagers

• See verdant rice paddies • Cruise to Rinca Island • Start and end in lively Sanur

Day 1 Sanur

Day 2-4 Moni / Kelimutu / Bajawa Catch a short flight to Ende and transfer to your eco lodge in the lush hill town of Moni. On Day 3, embark on a hike to the Kelimutu lake crater viewpoint in time for sunrise. Continue to Bajawa, situated high up in the mountains, and soak up the gorgeous views. Stop along the way at Blue Stone Beach for a lunch break. On Day 4, visit traditional villages in Ngada, meet the local tribes that live there, and learn all about their customs and traditions. Later on, chill out in the Malanage Hot Springs before tucking in to a tasty dinner. (3B, D)

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Lauban Bajo

Day 5-6 Ruteng / Labuan Bajo Drive inland to Ruteng, nestled amongst a high mountain range and a maze of valleys. Check out the local markets in the area, eat some delicious local food and opt to visit the neighbouring Puu village. The next day, travel to Labuan Bajo for some free time. Along the way, stop by the rice fields at Cancar, then when you've arrived, chill out on Pede or Binonko beaches and wander through the markets. (2B)

Day 7-9 Labuan Bajo / Komodo / Sanur On Day 7, sail to Rinca and Komodo islands in search of the famed Komodo dragon and other wildlife. Along the way, you'll also get to stop at Pantai Merah for snorkelling and a tasty lunch. Return to Labuan Bajo as the sun sets and enjoy dinner on board before disembarking. Fly back to Sanur on Day 8 and enjoy one last night with your group, then depart at any time after breakfast the next day. Not ready to leave yet? Ask your Travel Expert for some tips. (3B, L, D)

Sanur KO M O D O

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My Own Room Available: Fr $649

Departs: Selected Thursdays (Apr-Nov) Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses (8 nts) Transport: Plane, boat, private van Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $70-95 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEFK

$1,399

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Padang

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Encounter rare orang-utans • Sunrise volcano hike (option) • Chill out at Lake Toba

Ende

Bajawa

HIGHLIGHTS OF SUMATRA 14 DAYS, Medan

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Ruteng

• Trek through lush jungles • Experience Batak culture • See Medan's Maimoon Palace

Day 1-4 Medan / Tangkahan / Bukit Lawang Arrive in Medan at any time and treat your tastebuds to some mouth-watering local food. Tour the city in the morning, then cross bumpy terrain to reach the small jungle community of Tangkahan, a great base for hiking. The next morning it's on to Bukit Lawang where you'll head for the orang-utan viewing platform and, if you're feeling restless, opt for a jungle trek in Gunung Leuser National Park. If you're lucky, you should be able to spot orang-utans. There are also rhinos, elephants and tigers here, though your chances of seeing them are pretty remote. (3B)

Bukit Lawang, Sumatra

Day 5-8 Berastagi / Samosir Island

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Bukittinggi

Welcome to Padang, a sprawling city on the western coast of Sumatra. Here is as good a spot as any to toast your adventure with the group, and you'll have plenty of time to check out the nearby islands. Your trip wraps up on Day 14. (3B)

Departures 2019 Jun

Day 12-14 Padang

Padang Sidempuan

May

Samosir Island

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Medan

Berastagi

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Drive through beautiful scenery today as you make your way to the city of Padang Sidempuan, where you'll stay the night. The next day, journey north to Bukittinggi, stopping at a spice garden along the way. On Day 11, enjoy a free day exploring its various markets and mosques. You may also want to get the adrenalin pumping with some rafting or kayaking, or check out the Japanese caves from World War II. (3B)

Tangkahan Bukit Lawang

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels or hostels (13 nts) Transport: Minibus Meals: 13 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $130-170 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAESH

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Day 9-11 Padang Sidempuan / Bukittinggi

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Today you'll hop on a bus to the rural retreat of Berastagi. After an orientation walk, opt to hike a volcano or explore the traditional villages. Day 7, travel to the world's largest volcanic lake, Lake Toba. Dip into its warm waters or take the cultural route and visit nearby Batak villages for a culture fix. (4B)

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Arriving into Sanur at any time, sink your feet into silky sands, amble along its colourful streets and soak up a beautiful Balinese sunset.


INDONESIA - SUMATRA & JAVA TO KUTA 27 DAYS, Medan

$3,399

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Kuta Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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INDONESIA & BALI

Discover the very best of Indonesia on an epic almost-month long trip that takes in Sumatra, Java and the beautiful holiday island of Bali. Get back to basics and appreciate local culture and tradition with visits to temples, sanctuaries, cities and beaches. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAEID

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• Uncover Javanese culture and tradition • Come face to face with orang-utans • Explore Borobodur's temple complex

• Awe at magnificent volcanic scenery • Learn to 'hang ten' at Red Island • G for Good collection

Accommodation: Simple hotels or hostels (22 nts, twin-share or multishare), surf camp dorms (2 nts, multishare), homestay (2 nts, multi-share) Transport: Minibus, private vehicle, ferry, train, plane Meals: 25 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $240-315 for meals not included

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Arrive into Medan at any time. Day 2, take in the many art deco buildings on a city tour which also includes a visit to the opulent Maimoon Palace, the Great Mosque and the Vihara Gunung Timur temple. Later, traverse bumpy roads to reach the small jungle community of Tangkahan. On Day 3, travel to Bukit Lawang and visit the orang-utan viewing platform to see these adorable and intelligent creatures, and opt to go jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park. On Day 5, continue by bus to Berastagi. Opt to hike up Sibayak volcano at sunrise for breathtaking views. Don't forget to treat your muscles to an afternoon unwinding at the local hot springs afterwards. (5B)

Feb

Departures 2019 Day 1-6 Medan / Tangkahan / Bukit Lawang / Berastagi

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Day 7-13 Samosir Island / Padang Sidempuan / Bukittinggi / Padang Travel to Lake Toba, the world's largest volcano lake, to chill out and swim in its warm waters, or opt for something more cultural with a visit to local Batak villages. On Day 9, drive through stunning scenery to the city of Padang Sidempuan. Soak up the scenery on a half-day drive on Day 10 to Bukittinggi, stopping at a spice garden along the way, and then reap the rewards of the long journey the next day by opting to go rafting, kayaking, visit Sianok Canyon. Alternatively, check out the Japanese Caves built during World War II. Head back to the Indian Ocean to Padang on Day 13 and enjoy the sunset. (7B)

Day 14-19 Jakarta / Cianjur / Bandung / Yogyakarta Fly from Padang to Jakarta, and get to grips with this action-packed city on an optional guided tour and start exploring the island of Java. Day 15, travel by bus to Cianjur, where you can see its floating villages and spend the night at a family homestay. On Day 16, travel to Bandung with time to explore under your own steam. From Bandung, take the scenic train to Yogyakarta where there is plenty of time to explore sights such as Mt. Merapi and the magnificent Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary. (6B)

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Day 20-27 Ngadas / Mt. Bromo / Red Island / Pemuteran / Kuta Continue your journey across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt. Bromo region. Experience the local culture of the Tengger farming community with a G for Good homestay. This community acts as the protectors of Mt. Bromo, one of the most sacred sites in the country. Over the past few decades, the Tengger people's land has been subjected to illegal logging activities by external parties, and younger generations have begun relocating to urban areas. This programme helps to support the local enterprises that are based here. After an early breakfast on Day 21, say goodbye to your hosts and explore more of the village on an included walk. Then, get your hiking boots on for a trek to Mt. Bromo along the Ancestor Trail. You'll be guided throughout by a local guide trained through a G Adventures-supported programme. Opt to hike to the volcano's crater then the next day, hike to a viewpoint for sunrise. Move on to Red Island, where you'll enjoy an included surf lesson and plenty of chill out time. On Day 24, head to Pemuteran in Bali for snorkelling and national park time. End the trip in Kuta on Day 27. (7B, L, D)

Tangkahan Bukit Medan Lawang Berastagi Samosir Padang Sidempuan Island Panyabungan Bukittinggi Padang

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JAVA OVERLAND ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Jakarta

$2,295

FR

Bali

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Tour cultural Yogyakarta • Visit mystic stone temples • Dip in geothermal springs

• Catch spectacular sunrises • Pony ride up Mt. Bromo • Trek through rainforest

Day 1-2 Jakarta / Bogor / Bandung / Tangkuban Prahu

Mt. Bromo, Indonesia

Day 3-4 Wonosobo / Dieng Plateau Jump on the train for a full day of travel to Wonosobo, on the slopes of the lofty Dieng Plateau, also known as 'Abode of the Gods'. Experience mystic stone temples like Borobudur and then leave the hills for the cultural centre of Yogyakarta. (2B, 2L)

Jakarta

Tangkuban Prahu

Bogor

Day 5 Yogyakarta

Bandung

Begin with a tour of Yogyakarta. See the sultan's palace, the Old City, local markets, ruins, and various Batik workshops. You'll also visit the huge Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. The evening is yours to wander around and maybe catch a traditional ballet. (B, L)

Dieng Plateau Wonosobo Yogyakarta

Mt. Bromo

JAVA

Ijen Plateau

I N D O N E S I A

Day 6-8 Mt. Bromo / Ijen Plateau / Bali Rise early and take a train through volcanic fields to Jombang Station. Then to Mt. Bromo for a 4am (yes, 4am) start the next day! Down a coffee and take a jeep to the Tengger crater where you'll watch the sun rise out of the ashes of this lava-ly landscape. Stunning! Then reach the top of Mt. Bromo via horseback and gawp over the edge at its fuming chasm. In the afternoon head to the rainforests of Ijen Plateau where you'll trek to a milky blue crater lake the next day. Then it's to the harbour and off to Bali. (3B, 3L, D)

inclusions Departs: Daily (Jan-Dec) Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Air con coach, train, ferry, jeep Meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 1 dinner Tour Code: GOJAVA

BEST OF JAVA 9 DAYS, Jakarta

$1,299

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Sanur

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Explore vibrant Jakarta • Visit awesome Mt. Bromo • See Hindu art at Prambanan

Bali

• Chill on the beach in Sanur • Rural life in Ngadas • Get a view of Mt. Bromo

Day 1-2 Jakarta / Bandung Arrive to the dynamic capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. Start Day 2 with an included guided city tour. Visit the former Batavia area, see remnants of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour. Head to Bandung this afternoon and opt to see the traditional angklung orchestra performance that consists of children creating resonating melodies by the gentle shaking of bamboo instruments. (B) Prambanan Temple, Java

Day 3-5 Bandung / Yogyakarta Take a scenic train ride to the city of Yogyakarta, where you'll enjoy lunch on arrival. Opt to go on a cycling tour, or take in a Ramayana dance performance, an Indonesian ballet that incorporates acrobatics. The next day, you'll pay a visit to the world heritage site of Prambanan, an amazingly well-preserved collection of Hindu temples and the biggest complex in Java. On Day 5, visit Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. (3B, L, D)

Jakarta

Cilegon

Jakarta Pandeglang

Bogor Tangkuban Prahi

Lembang Cianjur Pemalang Bandung

Bandung

Batang Semarang

JAVA

Dieng Plateau

Magelang

Day 6-7 Ngadas / Mt. Bromo

Yogyakarta

Surbaya

Ngawi

Wonosobo

Mojokerto

Yogyakarta Probolinggo Mt Bromo/ Cremoro Lawang

Ngadas Malang

Continue across the agricultural heartland of Java to Ngadas, a village in the scenic Mt. Bromo region. Experience the local culture with an overnight stay in a G Adventures-supported homestay with the Tengger farming community. Learn about the local culture, customs, and traditions from your hosts and enjoy a tasty dinner. Climb up the majestic Mt. Bromo the next day for the sunrise, then move on to Malang for the evening. (2B, L, D)

Day 8-9 Sanur Catch a flight to Sanur today, famous for its beaches. Here you can enjoy a bit of free time before saying goodbye on Day 9. (2B)

Ngadas

Mt. Bromo

BA L I

Ijen Plateau

Pemuteran

Lovina Kubutambahan

Mt Batur

Kintamani Tulamben

Gentengi Candidasa

Ubud

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Red Island

Canggu Denpasar

Legian/ Seminyak Kuta

Nusa Lembongan

Sanur

Sanur Nusa Dua

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Departs: Selected Saturdays (Jan-Dec) Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), multi-share homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private van, train, bike, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $80-110 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEJV

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Meet in Jakarta and drive to the cool mountains of Bogor for a visit to the Botantical Garden. After lunch you'll continue through hilly tea plantations to Bandung and witness an angklung (traditional bamboo instrument) musical performance. Then it's off to Tangkuban Prahu volcano for a peek inside the crater and a relaxing dip in a hot spring. (B, 2L)


INDONESIA ON A SHOESTRING - JAVA TO KUTA 14 DAYS, Jakarta

$1,699

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Kuta Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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INDONESIA & BALI

From the bustling streets of Jakarta to the blissful shores of Bali, this two-week trip affords plenty of culture, spirituality and excitement. Soak up picture-perfect mountain, jungle and volcanic landscapes with plenty of time to chill on the beach. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAEKS

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You're free to parade Java's thriving political and economic capital as you see fit today, as you don't meet the group until this evening. Choose to walk around the old Dutch colonial heart of Kota or, in true Indonesian style, find a roadside coffee hut and pick up an authentic cup of Javan coffee. Next day, travel via bus south east to Cianjur, passing the 100-year-old Gunung Mas or 'Golden Mountain' tea plantation on the way. Cianjur will also show you its floating villages. This corner of Java sees very little tourism, and you can experience local life by sleeping at a family homestay this evening. On Day 3, travel to Bandung for an orientation walk and time to explore under your own steam. (2B)

Apr

Day 1-3 Jakarta / Cianjur / Bandung

Departures 2019 Mar

• Test your balance with a surfing lesson • Chill out on Bali's beautiful beaches • See the vast temple complex of Borobudur

Feb

highlights

Jan

• Discover traditional Javanese culture • Sunrise hike to Mt. Bromo viewpoint • Get snap happy in the rice terraces

Accommodation: Simple hotels or hostels (9 nts, twin-share or multi-share), surf camp dorms (2 nts), homestays (2 nts, multi-share) Transport: Minibus, local bus, ferry, train Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $125165 for meals not included

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Day 4-9 Yogyakarta / Ngadas / Mt. Bromo Day 4 begins with a scenic train journey to Yogyakarta, once home to the Mataram Palace. This little stunner is nestled in the shadow of Mt. Merapi and is close to the famous 8th Century Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur. Get out and explore Yogyakarta on foot and take a stroll around the historical district of Kota Gede to shop for everything silver or head to a local Wayang (puppet) show. On Day 7, enjoy another charming journey through Javan landscapes, to the small village of Ngadas. Experience the local culture staying in a G Adventuressupported community homestay, a programme helping the older generation of Tenngerese to diversify their income. On Day 8, explore the village further on a guided walk. Then, get your hiking boots on for a trek along the famous Ancestor Trail to Mt. Bromo, led by a local guide trained through a G for Good programme. Opt to visit the volcano's crater, then on Day 9, enjoy sunrise at the crater. Afterwards, make for the beach at Red Island. (6B, L, D)

Day 10 Red Island Enjoy your day beachside at Red Island where you'll be able to hang ten during an included surfing lesson. Spend the rest of your time here as you wish exploring or just kicking back and relaxing on the beach with a cold beer in hand. (B)

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Day 11-14 Pemuteran / Kuta Bali is calling! On your journey you'll pass rolling hills, tea plantations and coastal lowlands as you bid farewell to Java. Pemuteran lies sandwiched between national parks containing pristine coral reefs and luxuriant rainforest. Opt for a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island, one of the best dive sites in Bali. Wander up the beach and pass through countryside for magnificent coastal views, ornate temples and monkeys galore! Day 13's agenda is all about the lively shores of Kuta. Your trip sadly comes to an end of Day 14, but do stay on if you just can't get enough of the backpacker life! (3B)

Jakarta Cianjur

Bandung JAVA

Yagyakarta I N D O N E S I A

Cemoro Lawang / Mt. Bromo Malang

Pemuteran Ngadas

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BALI - KUTA, LEGIAN & SEMINYAK hangin' ten

INDONESIA & BALI

Embrace your inner party animal as you become drunk in love with Kuta, Bali's brazen party hub. Aside from the raucous nightly parties, most head to Kuta for the vast beach and primo surf breaks (after all it is one of the best places in the world to 'hang ten'). Down the coast, Seminyak and Legian offer a laid-back version of their in-your-face neighbour - think yoga, beaded bracelets, five-star resorts and beachside Balinese massages.

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Location: Centrally located in South Kuta, close to shops and restaurants. The airport is a ten-minute drive away.

Location: In the heart of South Kuta, opposite the Discovery Shopping Mall. It's just a ten-minute drive from the airport.

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Vibe: Stylish hotel with typical Balinese hospitality and 104 bright and airy rooms or suites, all with private balconies or terraces.

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Location: Located right between the idyllic Legian Beach and Seminyak.

Location: In the heart of trendy Petitenget, close to restaurants, cafés and shops.

Location: Located in Legian city centre, just a ten-minute walk from Legian Beach.

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Vibe: Modern and cosy hotel with Balinesestyle furnishings and décor.

Vibe: Treat your soul (and your soles) to some serious chic at this boutique resort.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Spa • Gym

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • 3 bars • 3 restaurants • Snack bar • Terrace • Gym

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Location: A cracking location; less than five minutes from the white sands of Legian Beach and within stumbling distance of bars.

Location: A five-minute amble from the bright lights and bars of Jalan Legian street.

Vibe: Save the rupiah for the Bintangs at this budget-friendly hotel. All 92 rooms are warmly-decorated in Balinese furnishings.

Vibe: This bright 111-room hotel is decorated throughout in a surfer theme, to really get you into the Bali spirit.

Highlights: Private rooms • Bungalows • Air con • Room service • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Snack bar • Spa • Live music • 24-hour reception • Mini market on-site

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Outdoor pool • Terrace • Barbecue area • Bar • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • Laundry • 24-hour reception

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Location: Just four minutes from the silky sands of Legian Beach and the lively nightlife of Jalan Legian.

Location: Nestled on Legian Beach, only 2km from the Seminyak neighbourhood.

Vibe: Modern hotel with minimalist rooms and suites. And the pièce de résistance? Icy cocktails by the rooftop infinity pool.

Vibe: Relaxed hotel set within traditional Hindu-inspired buildings with over 278 rooms and 64 apartments.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Spa • Massage services • Gym • Free on-site parking

Highlights: Private rooms or apartments • Air con • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Snack bar • Terrace • Barbecue area • Spa • Sauna • 24-hour reception

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KUTA NIGHT MARKET

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Ngurah Rai International Airport: 2.5 km

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Location: Set among four hectares of tropical gardens, right on the beach and five minutes from Jalan Legian.

Location: Just a stroll away from the golden sands of Legian Beach, close to the Mertanadi Art Market.

Vibe: Treat yourself at this beachfront resort. There are more than 200 Balinese-styled rooms, villas or bungalows to choose from.

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Location: Surrounded by restaurants and shops, just a sevenminute walk from the sands of Legian Beach.

Location: Steps away from Legian Beach, this beachfront resort is set amid landscaped gardens and palm trees.

Vibe: Bright and modern digs with 51 stylish rooms. Get in the holiday groove by sipping an icy cocktail by the rooftop pool.

Vibe: Peaceful 191-room resort with Balinese architecture mixed with modern comfort. Not relaxed yet? Try an on-site yoga class.

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BALI - SANUR & NUSA LEMBONGAN bali-eve me, you'll relax here

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On the other side of the coast, Sanur offers a calm alternative to the antics of nearby Kuta. Even the waves are calmer, with its coastline surrounded by a reef. It's also the perfect jumping off point for zen-central Ubud. Feeling relaxed yet? If not, head further south to the mellow surroundings of Nusa Lembongan. Once the exclusive domain of surfers, it's now also a hub of boutique hotels and restaurants. But fear not, the breaks haven't gone anywhere!

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Location: Beachfront resort right in the heart of relaxed Sanur, set among lush tropical gardens.

Location: Situated in South Canggu, just a five-minute stroll from the silky sands of Berawa Beach.

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Location: Family-friendly resort situated within a ten-minute walk of Sanur Beach and the Le Mayeur Museum.

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Mojosurf INDONESIA & BALI

Learn to surf World-renowned Aussie surf tour company Mojosurf is now in Indonesia! Experience amazing surf breaks under the guidance of local instructors in Bali, Lombok, Java and Nusa Lembongan.

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

Intro to the camps MOJOSURF RESORT CANGGU, BALI

Set in the lively coastal resort of Canggu, just 15kms north of Kuta and minutes away from the beach, shops, restaurants and bars. MOJOSURF CAMP RED ISLAND, JAVA

Located next to a beach in East Java, Red Island surf camp offers a real off-the-beaten-track surfing experience. MOJOSURF CAMP NUSA LEMBONGAN

On the tropical island of Nusa Lembongan, located just off the south eastern coast of Bali. Pool included! MOJOSURF CAMP GERUPUK, LOMBOK

Set in the relaxed beachside town of Gerupuk, Lombok. Awesome surf breaks, fab food, beach parties and plenty of local culture.

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$1,083

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6-DAY ISLAND HOPPER SURF ADVENTURE

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BEST OF BALI ARRIVAL EXPERIENCE 3 DAYS FR$306 Based in Mojosurf Resort Canggu. With your airport transfer and accommodation sorted, get started with a taste of local culture and some surfing lessons. Also included: a massage and an Ubud day trip to see Monkey Forest, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and Kintamani Village. TOUR CODE: DPS2DP | DEPARTS: Daily

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Situated among the lush rice terraces of central Bali, the cultural hub of Ubud is the ideal place in which to take it down a notch and soak up the ambiance of one of Asia's top spa destinations. Made famous by the novel (and film) 'Eat, Pray, Love', zen out with a famed Balinese massage treatment, of which acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy are the star players. So kick back, relax and while away a few days.

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$140 $70

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Location: Set on ten hectares of lush grounds bordered by paddy fields. Close to Ubud Palace and the Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Location: Located in Bali's Ubud area, overlooking Gunung Lembah Temple and the Oos and Tjampuhan rivers.

Vibe: Upscale riverside resort with bright rooms, chic living areas, two outdoor pools and amazing views of rice terraces.

Vibe: Sleep like a king or queen at this royal guesthouse, decorated with traditional Balinese architecture.

Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Infinity pool • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Massage services • Gym • Tennis court • Mini golf • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Snack bar • Terrace • Sauna • Hot tub • Spa and massage services • Bike rental • 24-hour reception

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PURI GARDEN HOTEL & HOSTEL, UBUD

$25 $41

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DORM TWIN/ DOUBLE

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PITA MAHA RESORT & SPA, UBUD

$291 $146

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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A-List

CANDI BEACH RESORT & SPA, CANDIDASA

$264 $133

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Situated in the heart of Ubud, a few steps from the famous Yoga Barn.

Location: Five minutes from central Ubud overlooking the stunning Campuhan Valley.

Location: Set on 40,000 square metres of coconut grove gardens in Candidasa.

Vibe: Recently renovated boutique hotel with tropical gardens and swimming pool.

Vibe: Tucked away on a hillside, this secluded resort offers complete tranquillity.

Vibe: Refined, Balinese-style rooms come with private terraces and flower gardens.

Highlights: Private rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Café • Barbecue nights • Lounge • Hammocks • Yoga classes

Highlights: Private villas • Private terrace • Infinity pool • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Spa • Cooking and dancing lessons

Highlights: Private rooms • Private terrace • Outdoor pool • Bar • 2 restaurants • Spa • Hot tub • On-site diving centre

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BALI FITNESS BOOTCAMP 1-8 WEEKS, Denpasar

$847

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Denpasar Small Group Adventure • Learn from expert trainers • Regular beach runs • Plenty of yoga sessions

Departs: Sundays Accommodation: Single-sex dorm or single or double rooms at training facility (7+ nts) Transport: One-way transfer from Denpasar airport included Meals: Breakfast daily Group Size: Max 50 Tour Code: BALFBC

BALI ACTIVE & NATURE ROUND TRIP

• Delicious breakfast daily • Chance to go surfing • Free time to explore Bali

Get the beach body you want before hitting the beaches in style on this awesome Bali bootcamp! Choose from three packages, catering to three different budgets (lean, pro or deluxe) and benefit from intensive workouts and sessions from expert personal trainers. Enjoy three to five yoga sessions per week, group crossfit training sessions, bodyfit sessions, beach runs and optional excursions to temples, surf spots, water parks and beaches throughout (excluded in the lean option). A healthy breakfast will be provided for you daily; this will usually consist of a fresh fruit platter, eggs and porridge. Once you've finished your fitness-inspired week, why not hit the nearby beach clubs for a drink or two? Go on; you've earned it! Choose from a one week package or if you're looking to go the whole hog, stay for eight.

$864

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4 DAYS

BALINESE VILLAGE EXPERIENCE

$437

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2 DAYS

As the name suggests, this trip takes Bali's natural wonders and adds an adrenalin-pumping spin! Starting in south Bali, browse an orchid and spice market, trek through lush jungle and admire the stunning Pura Ulun Danu temple. Day 2, plunge into river rafting, see caves, temples and volcanic views, taking a mountain bike tour the following day. Wake early on Day 4 for a hike to Abang and a cool dip in holy springs, finishing up your trip in south Bali. Phew!

See the local side of Bali on this whistlestop two-day tour. Head off with your guide and explore the Lake Batur region on Day 1. Take a dip into some hot springs then enjoy a traditional set-menu lunch in Kintamani village. Continue to the village of Penglipuran and learn all about the history of the region, explore numerous temples, then watch a local Rindik performance. On Day 2, discover how the Balinese do their farming and enjoy a cooking class.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts) Transport: Coach with air con, transfers Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches Includes: Transfers, all transport via air con coach, local guide, all activities and entry fees Tour Code: DPSAAN

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in eco lodge (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: All land transportation and airport transfers included Includes: Activities as specified Tour Code: DPSBVI

SANG GIRI RENDEZVOUS WITH NATURE

$431

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2 DAYS

Get completely back to basics with this nature-fuelled package. Transfer from Denpasar to the Sang Giri Mountain Rainforest Camp, close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Whilst here, go trekking, learn how to build a shelter, cook rice in bamboo and learn how to survive, jungle-style! The next day, trek to those famous rice terraces and celebrate with a cuppa of red rice tea. Departs: Daily (except Wednesdays) Accommodation: Single, double or twin tent in rainforest camp (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Transport: All transport in air con vehicles included Tour Code: GVASRN

KALIMANTAN RIVER CRUISE

$1,718

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3 DAYS

Arrive into Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo on Day 1, then board the boat. Cruise down the forested river and spot proboscis monkeys, hornbills and kites on an evening canoe ride. On Day 2, spot one of the forest's rarest inhabitants, the orang-utan, on the island of Bapallas. Then, meet the Dayak community in the village of Kanarakan and overnight in Tangkiling after seeing the orangutans again. Head off on Day 3 after you dock in Palangkaraya. Departs: Tuesdays Accommodation: Double or twin-share room on boat (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Transport: All transport/transfers included Note: Includes donation to Borneo Orang-utan Survival Tour Code: DPSKRC

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LOMBOK, GILIS, FLORES & KOMODO the real dragonstone

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Home to mighty Komodo dragons, ruined temples, wild surf breaks and active volcanoes; this is Indonesia with a slice of adventure. Hit up Lombok for surfing, colourful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, witness a real life battle of dragons in Komodo and kick back and relax on one of Flores' empty beaches. Looking to meet other travellers? Don't miss a trip to the Gili Islands for bars, beaches and chilled out bike rides.

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ASTON SUNSET BEACH RESORT, GILI T

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$126 $63

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Location: Beachfront accommodation on the iconic Sunset Point of Gili Trawangan, close to the popular diving spot of Shark Point.

Location: Situated on Gili Trawangan's sandy west coast, four kilometres from the jetty.

Vibe: Always gets a gold star for friendly and helpful hospitality. Rooms are comfy with traditional decór.

Vibe: Upscale 125 room resort with breathtaking views over Mt. Agung from your private balcony.

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor pool • Outdoor fireplace • Sun terrace • Garden • Bar • Restaurant • Spa and massage services • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Villa upgrades available • Air con • Private balcony or terrace • Outdoor pool • Private beach • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Spa • Massage services

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HOTEL VILA OMBAK, GILI T

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$184 $92

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JAMBULUWUK OCEANO RESORT, GILI T

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$100 $50

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TWIN/ DOUBLE

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Location: Right on the beach in the south eastern part of the island, just nine minutes' walk from Gili T's jetty.

Location: Perched right on the northern tip of Gili T, just a minute's walk from the beach.

Vibe: Relaxed and laid-back beachfront resort with three bars and a spa. Perfect for a bit of pampering.

Vibe: Spacious tropical retreat with tasteful rooms and suites. Sunsets are spent at the beachfront bar-come-restaurant.

Highlights: Private rooms • Villa upgrades available • Air con • Living areas • Outdoor pool • 3 bars • Restaurant • Café • Spa • Massage services • Bike rental

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Air con • Private terrace • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Bike rental • Watersports available

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QUNCI VILLAS, SENGGIGI (LOMBOK)

$184 $92

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SINGLE TWIN/ DOUBLE

GILI ISLAND BREAKAWAY

$228

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3 DAYS

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Vibe: Stylish, beachfront spa resort offering chic and arty rooms. Relax in the spa's soaking tub and cascading shower. Highlights: Private rooms • Villas • Private balcony with sea or garden views • 3 infinity pools • Bar • 2 restaurants • Hot tub • Spa • Massage services • Watersports available LMWQVH

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Enjoy beautiful white sand beaches, stunning sunsets and some pretty epic snorkelling on this three-day trip to Gili Trawangan. On Day 1, catch a boat from Pandangbai on Bali's south coast to Gili T. Get settled in and go and check out the island's beaches, bars and bike ride tracks. Enjoy a free day the next day and don't miss out on the chance to go snorkelling with turtles. Head back to the mainland via fast boat on Day 3 after plenty of R&R. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share in 3* hotels (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: All transport and airport transfers included Note: Snorkelling/bike rides are not included within the price Tour Code: DPSGIB

KOMODO DRAGON EXPEDITION 7 DAYS, Kuta

$873

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Kuta Independent Tour

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• Boat trip to Komodo Island • Hike in your spare time • Visit traditional Balinese villages

Komodo, Indonesia

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Departs: Typically 3-7 departures per month Accommodation: Budget hotel (2 nts), shared cabin/deck on boat (4 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: All transfers included Includes: 5-day boat journey from/to Senggigi, wildlife-spotting, snorkelling, activities as per itinerary, local English-speaking guides Tour Code: BEDPSKOM

• See native wildlife on Rinca Island • Great snorkelling opportunities • Free time to explore

Explore the beautiful Indonesian archipelago as you go island hopping on this awesome seven-day trip in search of the largest lizard in the world; the mighty Komodo dragon! Based on your boat, you'll explore these beautiful islands, beaches and nature reserves by water, seeing them from one of their best vantage points. The week-long trip include visits to traditional Balinese villages, a trip to Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragon in its natural habitat and a trek on the island of Komodo itself. There'll also be time for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, hiking and exploring during your down time, with epic snorkelling spots in touching distance as well as an optional trip to Satonda Island's saltwater lake. Pick-up from your Kuta accommodation is included, as well as drop-off back in Kuta city centre.

BALI & KOMODO 7 DAYS, Denpasar

$1,498

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Seminyak Independent Tour • Spot mighty Komodo dragons • Cycle past the Rice Terraces • Tuck into tasty Balinese food

Komodo, Indonesia

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Single, double or twin-share room in hotels (5 nts), simple liveaboard boat (1 nt) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Group Size: Max 8 Includes: All land transportation and airport transfers, boat trip to Rinca and Komodo with Englishspeaking guide, entry fees Tour Code: DPSKMO

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• Set sail for Rinca and Komodo • Go snorkelling off Pink Beach • Hit Seminyak's lively bars

Combine culture with adventure on this seven-day adventure, starting and ending in Bali. After you've touched down on Day 1, transfer to your hotel in Ubud, Bali's cultural hub, and get settled in. The next day, enjoy a half-day cycling tour of the area. Enjoy views of the famous Rice Terraces and explore local villages, then end for lunch at an authentic Balinese home. On Day 3, hop aboard a flight to Labuan Bajo in Flores and get settled in. The next day, head to the harbour and set sail for Rinca, where you'll get the chance to get up close to mighty Komodo dragons. After a short trek, enjoy some snorkelling off Pink Beach. Overnight aboard your ship this evening, then on Day 5, enjoy two hours on Komodo, keeping your eyes peeled for dragons and plenty of birds. Head back to Labuan Bajo, then fly to Seminyak on Day 6. Depart on Day 7.

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Location: Surrounded by lush greenery on the sands of Mangsit Beach. Krandangan National Park is five kilometres away.


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Head for the tribal hills of the north, crowned by the UNESCO-listed Banaue rice paddies. They're more than 2,000 years old!

In Camiguin, just south of Cebu, there are more volcanoes (seven) than towns (five). Watch out for unexpected eruptions.

The Philippines is the world's leading producer of coconuts, having produced 19.5 million tonnes of the fruit in 2010.

The Philippines has over 7,000 islands. For pure Filipino bliss, we'd recommend the white beaches of Palawan.

Travel by 4WD over lunar landscapes to trek to the summit of Mt. Pinatubo and deep into the sand dunes of Paoay.

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SEOUL

$1,431

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Manila

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• Do beach clean ups • Try cooking Filipino recipes • Local enterprise projects

• Opt to surf or island hop • Beachy days at San Felipe • Visit indigenous tribes

Day 1-2 Manila Meet at Z Hostel in the flourishing Poblacion district of Makati, and start strong with visits to two fantastic initiatives in the capital. First, head to The Ruins, an art centre which promotes the arts and creativity and offers free art workshops to local street children. Then, head on to an Urban Greens exhibit, an urban garden exhibit that grows fresh fruit and vegetables hydroponically (without soil), avoiding using pesticides. On Day 2, take a bike tour of Old Manila with Bambike, a social enterprise that creates bamboo bicycles. Then, make your way to the NGO Gawad Kalinga in order to learn how to make a Filipino dish. (B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 3-4 Volunteering Project at GK Enchanted Farm Tour this 43-hectare farm on Day 3 to learn about the sustainable business. Help to support environmental projects, experience farming and agriculture first-hand and discover its importance in promoting sustainability. Get stuck into The Plastic Solution, an initiative which aims to turn plastics into eco-bricks. (2B, 2L, 2D)

Day 5-8 San Felipe Zambales

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Head to the popular surfing village of San Felipe Zambales and soak up the incredible sunset in the evening (if the weather's on-side). On Day 6, help out on a local composting project which aims to turn food waste into fertiliser. Spend your afternoon working on a plant nursery where you'll help prepare seedlings to take to tomorrow's tribe. On Day 8, it's time to get off the beaten track with a trek to visit the Aeta indigenous community. (4B, 4L, 4D)

Enchanted Farm

Manila

Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Project Location: Manila, Enchanted Farm, San Felipe in Zamables Getting There: Airport transfers are available on request, ask your Travel Expert at time of booking. Otherwise, make your own way to Z Hostel Makati by 5pm Accommodation: Basic single-sex dorms with shared bathroom and air con (9 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners Trip Code: MNLSUS

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Day 9-10 Manila Throw yourself into a beach clean-up on Day 9, then enjoy the fruits of your labour on the sand in the afternoon. Then, it's time to head back to Manila. Spend your last night at Z Hostel where you'll enjoy some drinks and live music. (2B, L, D)

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NORTHERN PHILIPPINES ADVENTURE 9 DAYS, Manila

$1,999

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Manila

Small Group Adventure

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• Get to know the locals • Visit famous rice terraces • Explore colonial Vigan

• Travel off the tourist trail • See the 'hanging coffins' • Discover bustling Manila

Arrive to Manila at any time today and wander the streets of this lively city. Get to know your group and head out for an optional meal and drinks. On Day 2, leave the hustle and bustle of the city for the stunning mountainous landscape of Banaue. Enjoy lunch en route and visit the Provincial Museum in Bayombong before enjoying a hike to the village of Tam-an on arrival. Next day, hop into a local jeepney and visit the rice terraces of Hapao. In the afternoon, continue on via jeepney to the outdoor paradise of Sagada and visit the Museum of Mountain Culture in Bontoc. While in Sagada, opt to go hiking and explore waterfalls, caves, and the iconic hanging coffins; coffins placed high up cliffs by the Igorot Tribe for centuries. (3B)

Vigan Cathedral, Philippines

Day 5-6 Vigan

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Laoag P H I L I P P I N E S

Vidan Sagada

Banaue

Day 7-9 Laoag / Manila

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, jeepney, plane Meals: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $150-195 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAQPN

My Own Room Available: Fr $679

Next day, continue north to the town of Laoag, visiting the World Heritage-listed Paoay Church on the way. On arrival, opt to visit the La Paz sand dunes, the sinking bell tower and the colourful local markets. Then, hop on the short flight back to the bustling metropolis of Manila. Day 8, visit Intramuros and learn all about the intriguing Spanish colonial history of the country. On arrival, take in all of the sites, including Fort Santiago, with a local guide. Your trip ends on Day 9. (3B)

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Puerto Princesa

Small Group Adventure

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• Explore underwater caves • Snorkel vivid coral reefs • Laze on sandy beaches

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Head north west today via Cerventes to the charming Spanish colonial town of Vigan. On arrival, opt to visit the World Heritage-listed Santa Maria Church or view the dancing fountain. Next day, spend your time exploring - make sure you tick off the pottery shop, local handloom weavers and a horse-drawn carriage ride. Postexploring, why not kick back and relax with a beer or two in the evening? You're on holiday after all! (2B)

• Visit breathtaking coves • Trek in a lush national park • Discover Manila's sights

Day 1-4 Manila / El Nido

El Nido, Philippines

Day 5-7 El Nido / Port Barton

Manila

Travel south to the small fishing village of Port Barton, a small two-road town where the jungle drops right into the bay. After a short boat ride, arrive at a secluded beach resort and enjoy plenty of free time soaking up the beautiful surroundings. The next day, spend another laid-back day in paradise! Opt to go snorkelling on the coral reefs just offshore, go hiking to a waterfall in the rainforest or just chill out on the beach. On Day 7, after a quick boat ride, drive to Palawan's capital Puerto Princesa. Along the way, explore the underwater caves of the Subterranean River National Park on a included tour. (3B)

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Puerto Princesa

Northern Philippines & Palawan Adventure (GAAPCC) 16 Days, Fr $3,899

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El Nido Port Barton

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Get out and explore Puerto Princesa on a city tour. Gorge yourself silly at the bakeries of Bakers Hill, then pay a visit to the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. Enjoy one last evening with your group hitting the city's bars and restaurants before bidding your farewells the next day. (2B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport: Plane, private bus, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $145-190 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAPMP

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Arrive into the sprawling metropolis of Manila at any time today. Dive into its proudly Catholic traditions with a visit to Manila Cathedral and then glimpse the colonial past at Casa Manila. After breakfast on Day 2, take a flight to El Nido, a quaint town sandwiched between Bacuit Bay and limestone karst cliffs looming over the turquoise ocean. Enjoy an included island-hopping snorkelling trip, admiring the beautiful Palawan shoreline from the boat, and keep your eyes peeled for turtles, reef sharks and more. You'll get the chance to enjoy a beach barbecue, and will spend your free time visiting the breathtaking Bacuit Archipelago, Simezu Island or Intalula Island. More snorkelling, topping up your tan and chilling out it is! (3B, L)

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ISLANDS OF THE PHILIPPINES ON A SHOESTRING 10 DAYS, Manila

$1,899

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Moalboal

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• See Bohol's Chocolate Hills • Swim in turquoise waters • Check out gritty Cebu city

• Island paradise in Boracay • Snorkel coral-filled seas • Meet bug-eyed tarsiers

Day 1-3 Manila / Siquijor

Day 4-5 Bohol

Bohol, Philippines

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PHILIPPINES ISLAND AIR-EXPEDITION 15 DAYS, Manila

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Head to Moalboal on Day 8. Picture white-sand beaches and bright inviting waters and that's where you'll be staying for the next few days. Spend your time here swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and trekking to the beautiful Kawasan Falls. The tour comes to an end on Day 10 and you can depart at any time. (3B)

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Cebu

Day 8-10 Moalboal

Feb

Take the short boat trip to the paradise island of Panglao where the day is yours. Tour the island or go snorkelling in the surrounding coral-filled waters. The following day you'll board a boat to Cebu, a busy sea port and a good chance to see the more urban side of island living. Later that day, head to the island of Moalboal where beautiful beaches and bright, turquoise waters await. (2B)

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Day 6-7 Panglao / Cebu

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for18-39s Accommodation: Simple twin-share hotel or multi-share hostels (8 nts), multi-share homestay (1 nt) Transport: Plane, ferry, taxi Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $135-175 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAPIY

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Ready your sea legs on Day 4 for the short ferry to Bohol, home to the bug-eyed but super cute tarsiers. Bed down for the night at a G Adventures-supported homestay and learn about local life in a rural Philippine community. In 2013, Bohol was hit with a massive earthquake, followed by a typhoon, which devastated much of the country. In this time, many people in Maribojoc lost their homes. This initiative is helping people to rebuild their homes and training the villagers to get involved in the tourism industry. Help out on the farm and prepare food before saying your goodbyes on Day 5. Then it's time for the much-photographed Chocolate Hills. (2B, L, D)

• Snorkel with sardines • Laze on unspoilt beaches • Taste some delicious food

Day 1-4 Manila / Cebu / Bohol Once you've touched down in Manila on Day 1, get settled in and then spend the rest of the day at leisure. The next day, hop aboard a flight to Cebu, otherwise known as the Queen City of the South. Spend a free day here on Day 3 and opt to go scuba diving or get involved with a range of watersports. On Day 4, take the ferry to Bohol and enjoy the beautiful ocean views along the way. Spend the rest of the day here at leisure and opt to get off the beaten track with a rainforest trek or pay a visit to the iconic Chocolate Hills. (3B)

El Nido, Philippines

Day 5-9 Bohol / Moalboal

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Sagada Banaue

Spend two free days in Bohol and take advantage of your free time. The island is famous for its snorkelling and scuba diving stops, with great opportunities to see dolphins and whales, so get out and see some of it! Nature lovers won't want to miss the opportunity to go firefly kayaking on the Abatan River in nearby Maribojoc, or take a leisurely kayak ride by day to admire the island's beautiful scenery on the Loboc River. For history buffs, the island has plenty of old stone churches and world heritage sites, and this being Asia, the food is excellent! On Day 7, take the ferry to Cebu and then take a transfer to Moalboal. Get adventurous here with optional canyoning trips or go snorkelling amongst thousands of sardines. (5B)

Departs: Daily Trip Style: Independent Tour Accommodation: Mixed dorm, single, double, twin-share or triple-share room in hostels or hotels (14 nts) Transport: Return airport transfers, internal flights, ferries and shuttle transfers as specified included Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch Includes: Underground River Tour and Ugong Rock Climbing & Zipline Tour Tour Code: BEMNLPHI

Baguio

Manila

San Felipe

Manila

Naga Puerto Galera

Coron

Malay Boracay

Day 10-15 Puerto Princesa / Sabang / El Nido / Manila Take the ferry back to Cebu then catch a flight to Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island. Continue via private transfer to Sabang, then spend the rest of your day at leisure. On Day 11, go rock climbing and ziplining at the Subterranean River, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, then continue to El Nido on Day 12. Spend two free days here and go scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking or relaxing on the beautiful, uncrowded beaches that are found here. On Day 15, catch a flight back to Manila where your tour ends on arrival. (6B, L)

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Land in Manila at any time and feel free to explore the capital. Fly to Dumaguete the next morning and then ferry to the mystical island of Siquijor. Snorkel off 106km of white sand beaches, swim in turquoise waters and discover the caves and waterfalls of the mainland. (2B)


ONE LIFE ADVENTURES 10 DAYS, Manila

$1,451

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Puerto Princesa Small Group Adventure

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The Philippines is regularly heralded as being the hottest new destination in which to travel to, and this awesome tour certainly helps prove the claim. Sail along the Underground River, hit the town in the energetic capital of Manila, snorkel with turtles and learn all about local people's way of life in El Nido. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Experienced leader throughout Group Size: Min 6, Max 22 Tour Code: ONELYF

inclusions Accommodation: Multi-share boutique hostels & traditional bungalows with shared bathroom (7 nts), camping (1 nt), hotel (1 nt) Transport: Plane, bus, minivan Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

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Arrive at any point on Day 1 into the Philippines' chaotic capital city. Check in to your hostel accommodation then meet your fellow travellers over a traditional Filipino barbecue on the rooftop. Opt to check out some of the capital's lively nightlife. With guest-list entry into plenty of clubs, it'd be a crime not to! On Day 2, hop aboard a flight to Palawan, visiting the Iwahig Prison where the inmates govern themselves and learn new skills such as farming and dancing. Get your street food fix with dinner over-looking the bay. (B, D)

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Day 1-2 Manila / Palawan

Departures 2019 Feb

• Snorkel in crystal clear waters • Enjoy an authentic cultural experience • Island-hop aboard a boat cruise

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• Discover the Philippines' crazy capital • Explore the UNESCO Underground River • Camp in tents right by the beach

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Day 3-4 Port Barton After you've filled your boots with breakfast, head to the Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump into a boat and set sail along the river under the guidance of a local guide. Post-exploring, make for the private island camp of Port Barton, a place so off the tourist trail that for half the day it doesn't even have electricity! Mingle with the locals and head out to sea the next day with the Islander Experience. Catch fish to grill on the beach, snorkel with resident turtles, chill out around the campfire then bed down in tents right on the beachfront. If this is the life, sign us up. (B, 2L, D)

Day 5-6 Port Barton / El Nido On Day 5, continue to explore the area with local guides. Visit a local school to interact with the kids, then kick back and relax by a nearby waterfall. Head back to Port Barton for the night by way of the famous starfish fields then, the following morning, travel north to El Nido on a private minivan. Relax and enjoy the changing landscapes along the way, then upon arrival, check out a reggae beach bar for dinner and drinks. (B, L)

Day 7-8 El Nido Today, enjoy a cultural experience in the small villages surrounding El Nido. The locals will show you all the ropes; a great way to experience a slice of local life. Learn how they make coconut rum and oil, try weaving with palm leaves, discover the secret to making the famous Adobo dish then finish with a Halo-Halo dessert. At Las Cabanas beach you have the option to zipline between two tropical islands (at extra cost)! The next day, stomach an early start to make your island-hopping boat cruise. Top up your tan on board and go snorkelling and kayaking with your new-found travel mates. Enjoy a freshly-prepared lunch aboard and make use of the included drinks! (2B, 2L)

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Day 9-10 El Nido / Puerto Princesa Take a hike to the top of some limestone cliffs for incredible views of El Nido town, the bay and islands out to sea. Spend the rest of your day at leisure and hang out with the locals, then enjoy an included traditional Filipino massage to ease those aching muscles! Head back to Puerto Princesa airport the next day for your onwards flight. (2B)

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PHILIPPINES EAST 10 DAYS, Cebu

$1,609

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Siargao

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Learn to surf on Siargao • Visit the mysterious Siquijor • Chilling at Kawasan Falls

• Boat trip to beautiful bays • See millions of sardines • Plenty of beach time

Day 1-2 Cebu / Moalboal

Day 3-4 Moalboal / Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls, Philippines

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Davao

Philippines, Bali & Thailand Combo Code: (TRUPBC) $3,399

General Santos

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PHILIPPINES ISLAND HOPPER 19 DAYS, Manila

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$3,311

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Siargao

Small Group Adventure

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• Visit Kawasan Waterfalls • Island hopping boat trips • Enjoy a castaway experience

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Multi Pass

Cagayan de Oro

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Butuan

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Siquijor

Siquijor

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Moalboal Moalboal KawasanKawasan Falls Bahol Panglao Falls

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Siargao

Cebu

Head back to the mainland for a flight to Siargao Island, known for its stunning beaches and surfing spots. Enjoy surf lessons from expert instructors and try out the local bars. On Day 9, enjoy a boat trip to three beautiful islands off Siargao. Top off your trip with one last dinner then head back to the airport on Day 10. (3B, D)

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Bacolod

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Cebu

Iloilo

Day 7-10 Siargao

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Malay Boracay

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Continue to your poolside accommodation on the stunning island of Siquijor, home to mountain-dwelling faith healers. Visit local legends, check out the scenery and, as it happens, it turns out a cocktail in the sun isn't a bad healer either. (2B)

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share private rooms (6 nts), mixed dorms (3 nts) Transport: Boat, private minibus, domestic flight to Siargao Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: PHLEXP

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Day 5-6 Siquijor

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Naga

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Take a boat trip around the island and go snorkelling. Come dusk, hit the sandy dance floors of the local beach bars for a night out. The following morning, it's waterfall time; the Instagram-worthy Kawasan Falls.

• See Siquijor's faith healers • Go surfing on Siargao • Ziplining on El Nido

Day 1-6 Manila / Palawan / Port Barton / El Nido Arrive into Manila, where you'll be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel to meet the rest of your group. Catch a flight to Puerto Princesa, otherwise known as the Gateway to Palawan. Continue to Port Barton, but not before stopping off to enjoy lunch with local family, to get a taste (literally) of the local cuisine and culture. Spend some time at waterfalls and go island hopping. Next up on Day 4 is El Nido, home of stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy world-class island hopping, hopefully seeing turtles! Day 6 is for the adrenalin junkies; get the chance to zipline across the ocean, from one island to the next, at Las Cabanas Beach.

Coron Lagoon, El Nido

Day 7-9 Coron

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Sagada Banaue

Baguio

Heading over to Coron Island and enjoy a three-day castaway experience on a private beach with simple beach-style bungalow accommodation. Get a feel for the local Tagbanua way of life by meeting some locals, getting involved in some traditional cultural activities and chill out on the beach. Enjoy some more island hopping and also visit the lagoon that made Coron famous.

P H I L I P P I N E S San Felipe

Manila

Manila Naga

Puerto Galera

Coron

Day 10-19 Cebu / Moalboal / Siquijor / Siargao

Coron

Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Twin-share private rooms, mixed dorms, and beach bungalows (18 nts) Transport: Boat, private minibus, domestic flights Meals: 5 breakfast, 4 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: All activities as per the itinerary Tour Code: TRUPIH

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Cagayan de Oro

Jolo

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Siargao

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Panglao

Palawan

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Bahol

Kawasan Falls

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Moalboal

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Departures 2019

Cebu

Bacolod

Moalboal

Puerto Princesa

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Iloilo

Cebu

Port Barton Palawan

Sabang

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Port Barton

El Nido

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Hop on a flight to Cebu for the next half of the trip. Relax, shop and enjoy the nightlife. Leave the following morning for Moalboal, home of the sardine run. Take a snorkelling boat trip around the neighbouring islands then, come dusk, it's time to hit the local dance floors along the beach. The following morning, it's time to hit the Instagram-worthy Kawasan Falls, where you'll spend the day floating around and swimming under the falls themselves. Continue on to your poolside accommodation on the stunning island of Siquijor, home to mysterious mountain-dwelling faith healers. Visit the local legends, check out amongst the incredible scenery and have some quality beach time. On Day 16, head over to the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao, for three days of surfing, swimming and snorkelling.

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Touch town any time in Cebu where you'll be collected from the airport and transferred to your first hotel. Get to know your group this evening over dinner and drinks. Leave the following morning for Moalboal, when you can grab yourself a snorkel, and swim with millions of sardines.


MANILA & BEYOND THRILLER IN MANILA

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The Philippines' hardened capital is a manic metropolis of air conditioned skyscrapers, shabby Old Towns and happy-go-lucky Manileños. Speakeasy hangouts, artisan markets and soulful art spaces are dotted around trendy neighbourhoods, but a short Jeepney ride out of town will transport you to a world of 2000-year-old rice terraces and untouched paradise islands. From the city to the sands, the Philippines is a castaway's delight.

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MAD MONKEY NACPAN BEACH, EL NIDO

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Location: Perfect location in the heart of Makati, surrounded by shopping malls, entertainment and nightlife.

Location: Situated right in the middle of the secluded Nacpan Beach, 30 minutes north of El Nido town.

Vibe: Great social spaces and brand-spanking new. Modern, trendy and with the added perk of a rooftop bar and restaurant!

Vibe: Sociable beachfront hostel with regular party nights, beachside barbecues, pub quizzes and even beer pong!

Highlights: Mixed or female-only dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Rooftop bar • Rooftop restaurant • Games area • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorm • Private room • Personal lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Terrace • Garden • Beachfront location • Evening entertainment • Watersports available • DJ nights

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SIARGAO ISLAND THE BEST TROPICAL EXPERIENCE 5 DAYS, Siargao

$417

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Siargao Small Group Adventure

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• Kayak at the Magpupungko Pools • Learn to surf from experts • Go on an island hopping cruise

Guyam Island, Siargao

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Departs: Daily Accommodation: Private or twin-share room in Ocean 101 Beach Resort or similar (4 nts) Meals: 2 lunches Includes: All activities as mentioned in the itinerary, transfers and English-speaking guides throughout Tour Code: IAOSIA

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• Enjoy plenty of chill out time • Hit Siargao's lively bars • All entry fees included

Experience real Philippine island life with this five-day trip to Siargao Island. Apart from being known as the 'Surfing Capital of the Philippines', it's also home to loads of beautiful landscapes and the kind of scenery that makes you want give up your day job! After you've checked in on Day 1, chill out and if you're in the party mood, hit the nearby bars. On Day 2, visit the famous Magpupungko Rock Pools for a dip, a barbecue lunch and some kayaking. The next day, enjoy a day of learning to surf from expert instructors, then chill out on the beach before grabbing some celebratory drinks that evening. On Day 4, get your swimmers, sunscreens and sunglasses ready- it's time for an island hopping and booze cruise day! Explore the islands of Guyam, Daku and Naked Island, then head off on the morning of Day 5.

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Banaue Rice Terraces, The Philippines

El Nido, The Philippines

BANAUE TOUR Manila

$832

EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING

6 DAYS

Manila

FR

Manila

highlights

• Trek on ancient rice terraces • Stop in traditional villages

• Overnight in lively Manila • Swim in refreshing waterfalls

Majestic valleys, magical forests and mind-blowing rice terraces; Ifugao is a must on any trip to the Philippines. Arriving in Banaue on the morning of Day 2 after an overnight bus, board a tricycle to Kinakin where you'll start a trek across trails to Cambulo. Continue via traditional villages and waterfalls to Batad, home to rice terraces and old ancestral bones wrapped in colourful woven blankets - yikes! Then it's back to Banaue via Banga-an Village. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Rock Solid hotels (4 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Overnight bus, tricycle, hiking Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Includes: Welcome pack (map, rum, mangoes), drinking water, entry fees as per itinerary Tour Code: MNLBAN

AUTHENTIC ISLAND EXPERIENCE Tagbilaran

Dumaguete

Manila

6 DAYS

highlights

• Explore beautiful islands • Take in awesome scenery

• Encounter wild turtles • Free time to relax in El Nido

An absolute stunner, El Nido's limestone cliffs tower over turquoise waters. Take the short flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa, before a drive across rice and cashew plantations to El Nido. On the morning of Day 2 you'll island hop to secret lagoons and paradise coves, then Day 3 is yours to spend at leisure on El Nido. Then it's back on the water for island-hopping tour number two. Have another day to rest your sea legs then it's back to Manila. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid hotel in El Nido (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches Transport: Return transfers in Manila and Puerto Princesa Note: Domestic flights not included Tour Code: MNLHOP

Small Group Adventure

Independent Tour

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Palawan, The Philippines

$1,380

FR

10 DAYS

highlights

• Go island hopping in Bohol • Stay in a local homestay

$1,042

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• Kayak in a mangrove forest • Wind down on beaches

Spend nine days exploring Bohol, Dumaguete and Dauin on this action-packed trip. On Days 1 to 5, experience how the locals live on Bohol. See the famous Chocolate Hills, take a bit trip to spot dolphins, go snorkelling and visit the Gawad Kalinga community, a leading Filipino NGO. On Days 6 and 7, visit the friendly communities of Dumaguete and take a dip in some hot springs. On Days 7 to 10, wind down on the palm-fringed beaches of Dauin. Departs: Selected Fridays Accommodation: Mixed dorm with shared bathroom (8 nts), homestay (1 nt) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: All transport and transfers included Tour Code: TAGAIE

THE PALAWAN ADVENTURE Puerto Princesa

$669

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Darocotan Island

7 DAYS

highlights

• Enjoy lots of snorkelling • Swim at Begaho Waterfalls

• Chill out at Nacpan Beach • Cruise around the islands

As The Philippines' most sparsely populated region, Palawan is rife for intrepid exploration. See the best of it on this seven-day adventure. Start off in Port Barton where you'll enjoy snorkelling, beach barbecues and a trip to the Begaho Waterfalls. Head to El Nido on Day 3 for an island hopping boat cruise and a chance to try the local beer, then get some proper chill time at Nacpan Beach. Then, explore the raw tropical beauty of Darocotan Island. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostels, hotels and guesthouses (6 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: All transport and transfers included Note: Includes all entry fees and activities as mentioned Tour Code: PPSPAL

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Trans-Mongolia & Silk Route The Silk Road is one of the world's most fabled routes. Once a key player in the international trading of goods, it also allowed for cultures to meet and be shared on a huge scale.


TRANS-MONGOLIAN ADVENTURE 16 DAYS, Moscow

$3,329

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Beijing Small Group Adventure

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Meet your group in Moscow on Day 1. The following day, you're free to explore Russia's capital at your own pace, wandering between St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum and the fearsome Moscow Kremlin. Just after midnight, board the legendary Trans-Siberian train to Irkutsk. Start the 88-hour journey to Siberia by crossing the mighty Ural Mountains, weaving your way through wild forests, remote Siberian villages, and multiple time zones! Bed down in four-berth cabins and throw yourself into life on board with good humour, a well-thumbed deck of cards and a healthy love of vodka. Travelled mostly by locals and traders, this journey is overwhelmingly authentic so expect instant mashed potato, quick platform stops in the back-end of nowhere and a lot of spirited local banter.

Arrive into Irkutsk in the morning then travel to the small town of Listvyanka also known as the 'Baikal Riviera' as it sits on the shores of picturesque Lake Baikal. Opt to sweat out the train journey in a banya (Russian sauna) before enjoying the warm Siberian hospitality at a local homestay. Driving back to Irkutsk, take one last opportunity to stretch your legs with a guided city tour then hop on board for the two-day journey along the Trans-Mongolian Railway to Ulaanbaatar. Amenities are limited but life on board is a lot of fun. Crossing the border into Mongolia, watch the changing passing scenery and feast on new local food during the train's quick pit stops. (B, 2D)

Day 10-12 Ulaanbaatar / Terelj National Park Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's blue skied capital which enjoys up to 250 days of a sunshine a year. But don't get too bold - it's still chilly so bring your best woollens. Arriving on Day 10, you'll head to nearby Terelj National Park to experience traditional nomadic life as you overnight in a ger camp. Opt to hike, go horseback riding or try a traditional archery session. Embrace your time off the road and opt for a hike through the vast grasslands or visit the capital's temples, museums and Buddhist monasteries. You might as well stretch your legs while you can! Consider catching a throat singing show, try some meaty treats at a Mongolian barbecue, or swap vodka for beer at the local Chinggis Brewery. (2B, L, D)

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• Overnight in a traditional nomad ger (yurt) • City tour of the Paris of Siberia, Irkutsk • Walk along the Great Wall of China

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• Journey on the Trans-Siberian railway • Meet the locals in spirited carriages • Explore Moscow's iconic sights

Accommodation: Simple guesthouses/ hotels (8 nts), sleeper trains (6 nts), ger (1 nt) Transport: Train, private bus, taxi, metro Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $400-520 for meals not included

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Day 13-16 Trans-Mongolian Railway / Beijing On the morning of Day 13, board your final train for the last 30-hour journey across the Chinese border to Beijing. This is what epic train journeys are made of, so strap in! As empty deserts give way to China's rugged mountains, watch as the train wheels are changed to fit the Chinese tracks. Day 14, disembark in China's bustling capital. Take a guided tour out to the mighty Great Wall of China and walk across the Mutianyu section. On Day 15, there's plenty of time to explore Beijing's contrasting charms; get lost in the labyrinthine hutongs, visit immortalised Tiananmen Square, hang out in people-packed neon neighbourhoods or wander through the Forbidden City. Your trip ends on Day 16. (B)

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Listvyanka (Lake Baikal) Irkutsk Ulaanbaatar C H I N A

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Ger Camp

Beijing

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TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTE

Without a doubt one of the greatest railway journeys on the planet, this affordable trip crosses countries, time zones and continents! Drink vodka with locals on the trains and jump off for icy lakes, horse-riding across the wide open steppe and nights in traditional gers.


TRANS-MONGOLIAN EXPRESS 19 DAYS, Beijing

$4,899

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St. Petersburg Small Group Adventure

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Travelling pretty much halfway round the world, from Beijing to St. Petersburg, this is three incredible weeks of local culture, tradition and spectacular landscapes. Off the train, you'll stay in comfortable hotels and guesthouses, but with the odd family homestay and authentic Mongolian ger thrown in to mix things up a bit. Trip Style: Rail Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACTM

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Welcome to Beijing, one of the world's most impressive capitals. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace, don't miss Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City, and for something more funky check out the 798 Art Zone and Panjiayuan Antique Market. Board the China-Mongolia Railway on Day 2 and admire the impressive views of the Great Wall before making your way through mountains and barren lands of Inner Mongolia. Day 3, wake up to the desert landscapes of the south Gobi and disembark in Ulaanbaatar for a guided tour of the Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace and the city's World War II Monument. Then travel to Terelj National Park to meet nomadic families and overnight in a traditional ger camp. Eat typical Mongolian food, try archery or hike to a Tibetan monastery. (B, L, 2D)

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Day 1-5 Beijing / China-Mongolia Railway / Ulaanbaatar / Terelj National Park

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• Jump into the deep waters of Lake Baikal • Tour Moscow's chandelier-lit metro • Explore the palaces of St. Petersburg

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Jan

• Guided tour of Tiananmen Square • Ride the rails through Inner Mongolia • Meet traditional nomadic communities

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts), sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (2 nts) Transport: Train, private bus, metro Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $590 -770 for meals not included

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Day 6-11 Trans-Mongolian Railway / Irkutsk / Lake Baikal Return to Ulaanbaatar and stock up on souvenirs and snacks for your two-night train journey into Siberia. Travel to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Choose to take a boat ride on the lake or enjoy a banya (Russian sauna) - a perfect way to relax after a long journey. Explore the charming city of Irkutsk, take a guided tour of the city referred to as the Paris of Siberia on Day 9. Take some time to shop like a local at the Central Market and wander around the quaint wooden houses. Continue the journey on to Yekaterinburg, drink with locals in the dining car, buy homemade food from the babushkas on the platform and watch the taiga forests go by before arriving in the Soviet-style city on Day 11. (2B, D)

Day 12-13 Trans-Siberian Railway / Yekaterinburg Learn about Yekaterinburg's bloody history on a guided walking tour, including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and Black Tulip Monument. If you fancy some culture, why not take in a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre? Board the world's longest and most famous train route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching from Moscow across Siberia to the far-town of Vladivostok. Cross from Asia to Europe on this 24-hour train journey from Yekaterinburg aboard the Trans-Ural Railway to Moscow. (B)

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Day 14-19 Moscow / St. Petersburg Arrive in Moscow on Day 14 take some time to explore the streets of this great city and visit Ivan the Terrible's extraordinary St. Basil's Cathedral, and take a trip around the city's ornate Metro system. Day 15, enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin and the Armoury, for centuries it was the residence for the tsars and houses ridiculous treasures like the famous Faberge eggs, gold goblets and royal carriages. Take an early morning train to colourful St. Petersburg on Day 17, Russia's Window to the West, full of opulent palaces and rich history. Take a walking tour through the city's tree-lined streets and enjoy the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. On Day 18, visit the Hermitage Museum and sit down for a farewell meal before the end of this slightly epic trip on Day 19. (3B)

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DISCOVER PERSIA 14 DAYS, Tehran

$3,199

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Tehran

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• Haggle for a Persian rug • Explore ancient Persepolis • Sample rural Iran in Abyaneh

Day 1-3 Tehran / Yazd Meet your group in Tehran on Day 1 and get up the next day for your first taste of Iranian life in the capital. Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the Sa'd Abad Palace and the National Jewel Museum to see the famous 182 carat pink diamond, then board your train to Yazd. Tour the Old Town, home of the Zoroastrian religion, one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. Walk up to the Tower of Silence, visit the Jameh Mosque and admire the unique architecture of the city. (2B)

Nasir ol Molk (Pink Mosque), Shiraz

Day 4-8 Yazd / Kerman / Shiraz / Persepolis

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Yazd Zein-o-Din

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Departures 2019/20 Jan

Shiraz

Jul

Kerman

Swap the city pace for a night in the mountain village of Abyaneh and discover its ancient charm. On Day 13, return to Tehran via Kashan, a city known for the finest of Persian gardens. Opt to visit Fin Garden and Khan-e Borujerdi house. Back in Tehran, visit Imam Khomeini's shrine before the trip ends on Day 14. (4B)

Jun

Day 12-14 Abyaneh / Tehran

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,339

Persepolis

May

Isfahan

Apr

Stop at the UNESCO listed Koran Gate en route to Isfahan, Iran's most beautiful city, mainly thanks to the famous Imam Square. Visit Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque and gaze up at its decorated dome (first to find the peacock gets a gold star), take time to wander the bazaars, smoke some shisha in the cluttered teahouses and maybe start your hunt for that authentic Persian rug. (3B)

Abyaneh

Mar

Day 9-11 Shiraz / Isfahan

Trip Style: Classic Physical Grading: 2 Service Level: Standard Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), caravanserai (1 nt) Transport: Air con bus, train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $385-500 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARIR

Feb

With Kerman as your base, visit the nearby villages of Mahan and Rayen where you'll find the lush Shahzadeh Garden and the clay citadel of Rayen. Next up, Shiraz. Visit the city's beautiful Nasir ol Molk Mosque and the tomb of national poet Hafez, a popular gathering place among the locals, before a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis on Day 8. (4B, D)

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BEST OF GEORGIA & ARMENIA 8 DAYS, Yerevan

$1,879

FR

Tbilisi

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Garni Temple and Gorge visit • UNESCO-listed Mtskheta • See beautiful Lake Sevan

• Soviet architecture of Tbilisi • The Cave City of Uplistsikhe • Wine tasting in Kakheti

Day 1-3 Yerevan Region / Khor Virap / Garni Arrive in Yerevan at any time and spend the next few days exploring its surroundings. Visit one of the first Christian churches in Echmiadzin, take a city tour of Yerevan and travel through vineyards and villages to Khor Virap. Take in the views of Mt. Ararat from the monastery, visit the Roman temple of Garni built in the first century AD and the only standing Greco-Roman columned building in Armenia. Enjoy lunch in a local home complete with traditional cooking demonstration. Return to Yerevan and check out the main market and watch Armenian life tick by. (2B, L)

Tbilisi, Georgia

Day 4-5 Lake Sevan / Haghpat / Telavi

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Dec

Nov

Departures 2019 Oct

Garni

Sep

Khorvirap

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,019

Aug

Yerevan Echmiadzin

Lake Sevan

Jul

A R M E N I A

Jun

Haghpat

May

Experience a full day in the Kakheti region with a visit to the Sanahin Monastery and take in breathtaking views of the Kizikhi area. Go wine tasting near Kakheti and head back to Tibilsi for the night, on arrival you will have a guided tour of the city. Day 7, drive the famous Georgian Military Road to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral before continuing to Uplistsikhe cave town and through the Aragvi River Valley. Return to the Georgian capital that evening where the tour comes to an end the following morning. (3B, L)

Apr

Sighnaghi (Kakheti Province)

Tbilisi

Mar

Telavi

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels (7 nts) Transport: Private van Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches Budget: Allow USD $310-405 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXGA

Feb

Uplistsikhe

G EO RG I A

Day 6-8 Tblisi / Kakheti Region / Uplistsikhe / Tbilisi

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R U S S I A

Jan

Drive towards the shores of beautiful Lake Sevan, stopping by the peninsula's monasteries on the way. You'll spend the night in Haghpat with breathtaking views of the Debed Canyon, a true highlight of the trip with its green rolling hills and never ending supply of beautiful Armenian monasteries and churches. Continue north to the moss-covered, UNESCO-listed monastic complex of Sanahin then cross the border to Georgia's Telavi, located in the foothills of the Tsiv-Gombori Range. (2B, L)

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• Visit Zoroastrian temples • Isfahan's Imam Square • Relax in classic teahouses

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$4,149

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Tashkent

Small Group Adventure

• Sleep in traditional yurts • See the magical sunken lake • Marvel at Charyn Canyon

• Visit mosques and bazaars • Travel UNESCO-listed Khiva • Learn local craftsmanship

Day 1-6 Bishkek / Chong-Kemin / Song Kul / Bokonbayevo / Jeti-Ögüz / Karakol Start with an early morning tour of Bishkek before departing for Chong-Kemin, stopping at Kyrgyzstan's ancient Burana Tower. Continue to Song Kul and spend the night in a traditional yurt. Visit a Krygyz felt-making workshop on Day 4, learn to craft with locals before arriving in Bokonbayevo. Observe how traditional yurts are built in Barksoon Village then head to Jeti-Ögüz Gorge. (5B, 2L, 3D)

Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan

Day 7-14 Saty Village / Almaty / Dushanbe / Kuli Iskandarkul Khujand / Tashkent Head for Saty Village in Kolsay Lakes National Park and pop your walking shoes on for a two-hour hike exploring the eerie but beautiful sunken forest at Lake Kaindy. See Charyn Canyon on the way to Almaty, opt to climb Green Hill or sip coffee in the local markets. Wander Dushanbe before heading to Kuli Iskandarkul, hiking through mountains to a waterfall. Visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube and frolic through the largest market in Tajikistan before arriving in Tashkent on Day 14. (8B, L, 3D)

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Bishkek

U Z B E K I S TA N

K Y RG Y Z S TA N

Khujand Bukhara

Samarkand

T U R K M E N I S TA N

Dushanbe

inclusions

Kuli Iskandarkul

C H I N A

TA J I K S TA N

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,139

Departures 2019

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels/guesthouses (15 nts), yurts (3 nts), homestays (4 nts) Transport: Private vehicle, plane, train Meals: 22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Budget: Allow USD $545-710 for meals not included Tour Code: GAAYKU

Typically 4 departures per month Typically 5 departures per month Typically 6 departures per month

May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep

$3,099

FR

Ulaanbaatar

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Overnight in Mongolian gers • Ulaanbaatar city tour • Spot gazelles in Yolyn Am

Jeti-Ögüz

Song-Kul

NOMADIC MONGOLIA 14 DAYS, Ulaanbaatar

Saty Karakol

Bokonbayevo

Tashkent

Khiva

Day 15-23 Samarkand / Aydar Kul Camp Bukhara / Khiva / Tashkent Today, take a city tour of Samarkand and opt to visit Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and the Registan minarets. It's then on to Bukhara, where you'll get to know your surroundings on a half-day guided walk around the city's mosques and markets. Feast your eyes on pottery, cloth and Turkmen carpets as you wander around the narrow streets. Travel through the desert to UNESCO Khiva, see the Old Town on Day 21 and catch an unforgettable sand-coloured sunset. Your last stop is Tashkent, where the tour ends on Day 23. (9B, D)

Chong-Kemin Almaty

K A Z A K H S TA N

• Camel ride in the Gobi • Relax in Tsenger Hot Springs • Stay with a nomadic family

Day 1-5 Ulaanbaatar / Bag Gazariin Chuluu / Yolyn Am Ulaanbaatar is a city where skyscrapers and Soviet buildings stand surrounded by traditional gers. Enjoy time to explore on Day 2 and make time for a beer at the Chinggis Brewery. Opt to take a morning city tour including visits to Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace and Zaisan Hills. Next, stop at the Choir Monastery en route to your first ger camp in the Middle Gobi's Dungobi Aimag region. Hike to your heart's content on Day 4 in the Gurvan Saikan mountains. On Day 5, head to Yolyn Am National Park, and have a blast in the Gobi Desert. Visit a nomadic camel-herding family and look out for the golden eagle! (4B, 3L, 3D)

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Naadam Festival Mongolia (GAAMNF) 15 Days, Fr $3,669

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Departures 2019 19 02 07 26 09 21 16 28 30

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Dec

M O N G O L I A

Yolyn Am

Nov

Khongoryn Elsi

Bag Gazariin Chuluu

Oct

Ongiin Khiid

Sep

Mongolian Grasslands

Aug

On Day 11, head to the ancient capital of Mongolia, Kharkhorin, and stop at the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery on the way, the first centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. The following day, continue on to Khustai National Park, home to the Mongolian wild horses. Look out for the Takhi horses in their natural habitat then drive back to the capital on Day 13. Opt to see a cultural show, a great display of dancing and Mongolian throat singing! Depart at any time on Day 14. (4B, 3L, 2D)

Jul

Day 11-14 Kharkhorin / Khustai National Park / Ulaanbaatar

Jun

Khustai N.P. Kharkhorin

May

Ulaanbaatar

Tsenkher Hot Springs

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), ger camps with shared facilities (9 nts), family stay or multi-share tent, no facilities (1 nt) Transport: Private van, 4WD Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners Budget: Allow USD $55-75 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAMNA

Apr

R U S S I A

Mar

Explore the caves of the Flaming Cliffs and opt to go on a hike. Day 7, drive through the western part of the Gobi and visit the ruins of the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid Monasteries. It's then time to leave the desert as you head to the Mongolian steppes to spend time with a nomadic family. From here, make for another ger camp, this time at Tsenkher Hot Springs, and make the most of their healing powers! Opt to go horseback riding or relax with the locals. (5B, 5L, 5D)

Feb

Day 6-10 Bayanzag / Ongiin Khiid / Tsenkher Hot Springs

Golden Eagle, Mongolia

Jan

TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTE

highlights


THE SILK ROAD & MONGOLIA 41 DAYS, Xi'an

(Includes local kitty)

$7,318

FR

Ulaanbaatar

Overland Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit a hilltop monastery • Relax in bubbling hot springs • Meet the Reindeer People

Day 1-22 Xi'an / Yan'an / Lijiashan / Pingyao / Wutai Shan / Datong / Jinshanling / Chengde / Beijing / Erlian / Sainshand / Ulaanbaatar

Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels and yurts (70%), camping (30%) Transport: Overland truck Meals: All meals included while camping, most breakfasts included in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $1,410 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DREXU

Yan’an

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Pingyao

Xi’an

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

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C H I N A

(Includes local kitty)

$3,878

FR

Ulaanbaatar

Overland Group Adventure

highlights

• Enjoy vast open wilderness • Hike dramatic canyons • Meet a nomadic family

Aug

08 *26 *14

NOMADS & WILDS OF MONGOLIA 21 DAYS, Ulaanbaatar

Jul

Beijing

Departures 2019 Jun

Jinshanling Datong Wutai Shan

May

Ögii M O N G O L I A Lake Sainshand Orkhon Valley / Erlian Kharkhorin

Apr

Ulaanbaatar

Tamir River

Mar

Drive to the Khar Bukh Balgas ruins, built in the kitan period around 1,000 BC. Meet nomadic families and bird watch at Ögii Lake. Arrive in Kharkhorin, the old capital of the Mongol Empire, and visit the city ruins and the Erdene Zuu Monastery. Drive into Orkhon Valley, take an easy hike and swim in the waterfall. Embark on a halfday trek to Tuvkhon Monastery, then head north on day 27 crossing the Khangai Nuruu Mountains to Tsenkher for a dip in the hot springs. Shop the local markets of Tsetserleg, hike Khorgo Volcano, and cross through Lake Zuun en route to Mörön. Visit the local market, Danzadarjaa Monastery and the local museum. From Khövsgöl Lake, you'll journey overland for three days through diverse landscapes, camp nearby Amarbayasgalant Monastery, and then arrive in Ulaanbaatar on Day 40. Relax and have a final meal and drinks in town before departing the next day.

inclusions R U S S I A Lake Khövsgöl Mörön Khorgo Volcano Bulgan

Feb

Day 23-41 Ögii Lake / Kharkhorin / Orkhon Valley / Tsenkher / Tsetserleg / Khorgo / Mörön / Khövsgöl Lake / Bulgan / Amarbayasgalant Monastery / Ulaanbaatar

Wild camping, Mongolia

Jan

Welcome to the Silk Road, hop on the truck and set your eyes on the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Explore Xi'an on Day 2 and then make for Yan'an, you have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and CCP Headquarters. Head to the ancient village of Lijiashan and set off early to Black Dragon Temple. Drive to China's best-preserved walled town Pingyao for a few days, then make for the mountains and Buddhist temples of Wutai Shan. Visit the Hanging Monastery en route to Datong, and then walk the Great Wall! See Puning Temple and Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde before arriving in boisterous Beijing. Hop on the metro to see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Journey overland to Mongolia on Day 18, first stop is the Dechinchoinkhorlin Monastery, then a guided tour through Gandan Monastery, the National Museum and the Black Market.

• Bird watching at Ögii Lake • Soak in Tsenkher hot springs • Climb the Khorgo Volcano

Day 1-4 Ulaanbaatar / Ögii Lake / Kharkhorin Arrive early to explore the capital before taking a guided tour of the Gandan Monastery and Black Market on Day 2. Leave the city the next day and go camp with the nomads of Ögii Lake. After a night in a ger camp, it's on to the tombs, monasteries and ruins of Mongolia's earliest capital, Kharkhorin.

Day 5-10 Orkhon Valley / Tsenkher / Tamir River / Chuulut Canyon

Traditional ger, Mongolia

Head west along the Orkhon River and take an easy hike along the volcanic canyon to the Red Waterfalls. Continue on to Tuvkhon Monastery, founded by one of the country's most respected religious leaders and perched near a hilltop overlooking the valley. Then, cross the mountains to the Paradise of the Horse Herders, an open valley of lush grasses, before driving to Tsenkher Hot Springs. Travel along the Tamir River, visit a local market and reach Chuulut Canyon on Day 10.

Mörön Chuulut Canyon

Day 11-15 Khorgo / Mörön / Lake Khövsgöl Hike to the top of Khorgo Volcano then travel on through pine-studded fields, stopping at the volcanic phenomenon of Yellow Dog Cave before setting up camp in the remote plains north of Khorgo. Next, it's on to Mörön over high mountain passes, creeks and alpine lakes. Meet the Reindeer People of Lake Khövsgöl on Day 14 and learn about their unique way of life. Finish up with a hike through thick pine forest around Mongolia's Blue Pearl and stay at a ger camp near the lake.

Day 16-21 Bulgan / Amarbayasgalant / Ulaanbaatar Spend the first three days wild camping across vast open steppes and sand dunes to reach the 18th-century Amarbaysgalant Monastery filled with monks and Tibetan-style temples. Spend one final night under the stars before heading back to Ulaanbaatar for a well-earned meal and hotel bed. Hey, even nomads have to rest sometimes!

R U S S IA

Lake Khövsgöl

Khorgo Tamir River

Bulgan Ögii Lake Kharkhorin Tsenkher Orkhon Valley

Ulaanbaatar M O NG O L IA

inclusions Departs: 14May19, 14Jun19, 28Jun19, 26Jul19 Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels and yurts (50%), wild camping (50%) Transport: Overland truck Meals: All meals included while camping, most breakfasts included in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $730 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRZUU

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• Camp in the Mongolian wilds • School up on Mongol history • Trek through volcanic valleys


TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTE

Vodkatrain

taking the VODKATRAIN Vodkatrain has been around the Trans-Siberian, Mongolian and Silk Road block quite a few times over the last 50 years, so their experience is pretty freakish. Along with their planning skills and flair for translating train schedules, they also have a local Honcho in every city ready to show you around town! The best part is that you're still in control of your travels, so you can choose to join in on group activities or do your own thing. Note: vodka is not included, but heartily encouraged! TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION

Trains along the Trans-Siberian are a destination in themselves. These aren't chartered trains, but regular services used by families, traders, students, soldiers, business people, travellers and monks. Overnight trains have four-berth sleeping compartments with two bunks, bedding, reading lights and luggage storage. Off the train, you'll stay in convenient twin-share hotels, hostels, guesthouses and even traditional Mongolian gers! A HONCHO IN EVERY CITY

Honchos are your friends in a distant city. Wherever you are, a local Honcho will be on hand to pick you up from the station, take you to and from your accommodation, and show you around their favourite parts of the city. They'll also take care of the train tickets and make sure you're going in the right direction. It's the small things, right?! Honchos are available from 9am 'til 9pm everyday. But, if you prefer to do things your own way, that's fine too. They'll help you with directions, maybe scrawl you a map on a napkin, then leave you to it.

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP Are you leaving from or returning to Europe? We've made sure the tour dates match up with those at Busabout (see our Europe brochure) so you won't have to get on a plane between London and Hong Kong. That's 12,000km overland!

FLEXIBLE

With year-round departures, many of them guaranteed, the Vodkatrain's ready when you are! By only paying for the basics (transport, accommodation, visa support), you'll be able to save money by paying locally for food and activities. It also means you're free to spend your time as you want. LIKE-MINDED TRAVELLERS

Vodkatrain is for 18-35s only, and you'll share your journey with travellers from all over. These are not escorted tours, it's group travel! That means you'll have other people around to share experiences with and as a support network so you don't have to tackle any hard bits alone. INCLUSIONS A  ll train tickets

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LAKE BAIKAL

MOSCOW

IRKUTSK TERELJ N.P.

ULAANBAATAR

MONGOLIA BEIJING

CHINA

THE VODKATRAIN 21 DAYS, St. Petersburg

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Beijing

THE NOMAD 16 DAYS, Beijing

highlights

• The classic Trans-Mongolian • Walk along Nevsky Prospekt • Stay with the nomads

• Visit Moscow's Red Square • Overnight at Lake Baikal • Free time in Beijing

$2,580

FR

Moscow

highlights

• See the dinosaurs of the Gobi • Stay in the Orkhon Valley • Check out Ulaanbaatar

• Overnight in a traditional ger • Trans-Siberian Railway ride • Finish up in Moscow

Day 1-6 St. Petersburg / Moscow

Day 1-4 Beijing / Ulaanbaatar

This legendary Trans-Mongolian journey starts in St. Petersburg, the former imperial capital of Russia. Visit the Grand Avenue of Nevsky Prospekt on Day 2 then catch the overnight train to Moscow. Over three days in the capital, visit the Red Square and have a picnic in Gorky Park before leaving for Irkutsk on Day 6.

Meet your fellow adventurers in Beijing, and step straight back into imperial times with a visit to the Forbidden City. Get back to the present in Tiananmen Square, then take a rickshaw tour of the Hutong neighbourhoods and a stroll on the Great Wall. On Day 3, climb aboard the Trans-Mongolian Railway and travel through the Gobi Desert and the nomadic grasslands. Arrive at Ulaanbaatar on Day 4 and set about exploring the quirky capital's Buddhist temples, Soviet blocks and tent suburbs.

Day 7-11 Trans-Siberian Railway / Irkutsk / Lake Baikal Riding the rails on the Trans-Siberian not only takes you through multiple time zones, it also brings you closer to the locals. It's a popular route with merchants and traders, so life on board is often spirited and chaotic. Head down to the dining car to practice your Russian (vodka might help) and arrive at Irkutsk on Day 10. Transfer to Lake Baikal, the world's deepest lake, and enjoy a hike along the shore.

Day 12-16 Trans-Mongolian Rail / Ulan Ude / Ulaanbaatar / Terelj N.P. After one more day in Irkutsk, board the Trans-Mongolian to Ulan Ude and the Republic of Buryatia, the original home of the Buddhist-Shaman Buryats. Ask your Honcho about organising a trip to the Old Believers Village to sample traditional food and dress. Board the train again on Day 15 and settle in to life as a nomad in Terelj National Park. Visit the Aryabal Temple and a Buddhist meditation centre, and spend your evenings drinking airags (fermented mare's milk) around the campfire and under a blazing Milky Way in a traditional ger camp.

Day 5-8 Kharkhorin / Erdene Zuu / Orkhon Valley / Bayangobi Settle into life on the steppe as you arrive at Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu. This was once the capital of the Mongol Empire, which at its most extensive reached Georgia, Iran, Russia and India. On Day 6, visit the Orkhon Waterfall in the Khangai Mountains, a great place of solitude, and make for Bayangobi the following day. Now quite the nomadic expert, the next two nights will be spent in a traditional ger.

Day 9-10 Ulaanbaatar / Irkutsk / Lake Baikal Head back to the Mongolian capital, passing by the Genghis Khan statue, and board the train once more and make for Irkutsk. Watch the landscape change as you hit the Russian frontier, arriving at Lake Baikal on Day 10. Take up your spot in your lakeside home, and take in the stunning scenery from the water's edge.

Day 11-16 Trans-Siberian Railway / Moscow

Day 17-21 Ulaanbaatar / Beijing Return to the capital for one night. On Day 18, it's back on the train for an early departure to Beijing. Arrive on Day 19 with two days left to explore the city's hutongs, markets and iconic sites, including Tiananmen Square. Visit the Forbidden City and then stroll along the epic Great Wall. The tour ends on Day 21.

After returning to Irkutsk, it's back on the rails. This time, it's the Trans-Siberian line. Over four days, chill out with your group or make new Russian friends. Arrive into Moscow on Day 15. Peek behind the intricate façades as you explore this fascinating city. Hit icons like St. Basil's Cathedral, wander the streets and discover a cosy café culture as well as world-class art galleries. The tour ends on Day 16.

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Departures 2019 Mar-May Jun-Sep Oct-Dec

Typically 2 departures per month Typically 2 departures per month Typically 1 departure per month

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Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Beijing, China

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO Istanbul

Beijing

$17,650

FR

Incl. local kitty

96 DAYS

highlights

• Tour Cappadocia • Explore the Black Sea

• Camp near the Great Wall • Visit Rainbow Mountains

Journey overland through seven countries, crossing from the Turkey, onto the Silk Road and into China. Eat delicious cuisine in Turkey, explore the small but mountainous Georgia, discover historical treasures in Uzbekistan, and get swept up in the rarely-visited and fascinating Azerbaijan. Go trekking and horse-riding through Kyrgyzstan's serene Song Kol Lake and gawk at Xi'an's incredible Terracotta Warriors! Departs: 21Mar19, 08Jul19, 19Aug19 Accommodation: Hotels and homestays (80%), wild camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, boat, jeep, bus Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $3,210 Tour Code: DREUB

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$20,750

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Kathmandu

Incl. local kitty

110 DAYS

highlights

• Everest Base Camp trek • Marvel at Cappadocia

• Explore mud volcanoes • Camp the Tibetan Plateau

Gear up for what is sure to be an unforgettable trip taking you through some of the world's most recognisable places, but mostly into the undiscovered. You'll visit Istanbul's Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque and the small and picturesque Kutaisi (one of the cradles of Georgian civilisation). Discover the ancient petroglyophs at Cholpon Ata, shop the famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar and find your zen in tranquil Nepal. Departs: 02May19 Accommodation: Hotels and homestays (80%), wild camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, boat, jeep, bus Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $3,800 Tour Code: DREST

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UZBEKISTAN KHIVA

BISHKEK

OSH

TURKMENBASHI

DATONG DUNHUANG

AKSU KASHGAR

ASHGABAT SHIRVAN

DUSHANBE KULOB

BEIJING

WUTAI SHAN YAN'AN

PINGYAO

QINGHAI LAKE PINGLIANG

TAJIKISTAN

DAMGHAN

JIAYUGUAN

XINING

CHINA

MURGHAB

GREAT WALL OF CHINA

CHENGDE

LAKE SONG-KUL FERGANA

TEHRAN

TURPAN JETI-ÖGUZ

TASHKENT

BUKHARA

BAKU

URUMQI

XI'AN

TANGGULA PASS

WUDANG SHAN

KHOOR

ISFAHAN

LHASA

IRAN

PERSEPOLIS SHIRAZ

NEPAL

LESHAN

MT. EVEREST

POKHARA

KATHMANDU

YANGTZE RIVER

CHENGDU

TIGER LEAPING GORGE

LIJIANG

DALI

KUNMING

LAOS

LUANG NAMTHA LUANG PRABANG

THAILAND

THAKHEK PAKSE

CAMBODIA

BANGKOK

Overland Group Adventure

SIEM REAP PHNOM PENH

SILK ROUTE & SE ASIA EXPLORER Istanbul

Bangkok

$23,629

FR

Incl. local kitty

125 DAYS

highlights

• Camp near 'Door to Hell' • Travel the Fergana Valley

• Journey the Silk Road • Drive the Tibetan Plateau

Are you ready for a mammoth-sized adventure, because this is the one! Beginning with the historic Silk Road destinations including Ashgabat and Tashkent, you'll journey overland across Central and South East Asia into China. On the way you'll discover some of the most remote scenery on earth, incredible historical cities, and extraordinary ancient and spiritual sights that will leave you gobsmacked. Departs: 27Jun19 Accommodation: Hotels and homestays (80%), wild camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, boat, tuk tuk, bus, ferry Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $3,930 Tour Code: DREIO

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TURKMENISTAN


TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTE

Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Istanbul, Turkey

Independence Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

TURKEY & WEST GEORGIA Istanbul

$1,857

FR

Tbilisi

Incl. local kitty

12 DAYS

highlights

• See Istanbul's Blue Mosque • Camp on famous Silk Route

Incl. local kitty

16 DAYS

• Camp in the Lagodehki • Gobustan's mud volcanoes

Explore the Old Town of Georgia's capital before driving to Telavi. Visit the city's famous vineyards then make for the Azerbaijan border. Camp near Lagodekhi National Park en route to the exquisite Khan's Palace. Continue to Gobustan and visit mud volcanoes and ancient petroglyphs, then head to Baku. Cross the Caspian Sea via ferry and disembark in Turkmenbashi, then drive to the heated Kow Ata Underground Lake. End the trip in Ashgabat. Departs: 31Mar19, 12May19, 07Jul19 (additional dates available in reverse) Accommodation: Hotels and homestays (80%), wild camping (20%) Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts otherwise Transport: Overland truck, overnight boat Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $690 Tour Code: DRZTA

Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Hast Imam, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Overland truck, Kyrgyzstan

UZBEKISTAN & TURKMEN EXPLORER Tashkent

$2,991

FR

Incl. local kitty

15 DAYS

highlights

• Bed down in a desert yurt • Guided tour of Samarkand

Tour Ashgabat, then head north across the Karakum Desert via the flaming Darvaza Gas Crater. Visit the border town of Dashoguz, then cross into Uzbekistan. Make for ancient Khiva before a day at leisure. Drive to Bukhara on Day 6 and visit the Ismail Samani Mausoleum and Zindon Prison while there. Move on to a yurt in the Kyzylkhum Desert Day 9, then explore the Nurata Hills before driving to Samarkand. Wrap up the trip in Soviet Tashkent. Departs: 14Apr19, 12May19, 26May19, 18Jul19, 21Jul19 (additional dates available in reverse) Accommodation: Hotels and yurts (85%), wild camping (15%) Transport: Overland truck Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $560 Tour Code: DRSTT

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• Explore Tbilisi's Old Town • Sip wine in Telavi's vineyards

Departs: 21Mar19, 02May19, 27Jun19 (additional dates available in reverse) Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (80%), wild camping (20%) Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts otherwise Transport: Overland truck, bus Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $370 Tour Code: DRZUT

• Camp in the Karakum Desert • See the Darvaza Gas Crater

Tbilisi

$3,074

FR

highlights

• Kutaisi's Gelati monastery • Explore Tbilisi's Old Town

Commence your journey in Turkey's cultural capital Istanbul, then head to Goreme to soak up the surreal scenery of the Cappadocia region. Spend a night wild camping in Zara then make for the awe-inspiring Sumela Monastery. Cross over into Georgia on Day 7 to the port town of Batumi, then head to Kutaisi's ancient monasteries. Enjoy a tour of Gori, Stalin's birthplace, then continue to the beautiful Tsminda Sameba Church. End the trip in Tbilisi.

Ashgabat

GEORGIA & TURKMEN DISCOVERY

MOUNTAIN KINGDOMS OF KYRGYZSTAN Tashkent

$2,522

FR

Bishkek

Incl. local kitty

16 DAYS

highlights

• Hike the striking countryside • Meet Kyrgyz carpet makers

• Stay with local families • Meet an 'eagle hunter'

Departing Tashkent, head over the Kamchik Pass to the Fergana Mountains. Cross into Kyrgyzstan and continue to Arslanbob. Overland through the remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, pausing for a hike, then head to Song-Kul Lake for horse-riding and more hiking. Drive to Kochkor to visit a local felt-making cooperative, then journey on to Jeti-Ögüz Valley for a demo from a local 'eagle hunter'. Camp out in Chon-Kemin Valley before reaching Bishkek. Departs: 28Apr19, 26May19, 09Jun19, 01Aug19, 04Aug19 (additional dates available in reverse) Accommodation: Hotels/homestays/yurts (55%), wild camping (45%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, bus Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $360 Tour Code: DRKYR

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

TAJIKISTAN EXPLORER Bishkek

$4,235

FR

Dushanbe

Incl. local kitty

18 DAYS

highlights

• Camp near Tokogul Lake • Explore 3000 year old Osh

Bishkek

Incl. local kitty

30 DAYS

• Camp by the 'Door to Hell' • Visit Kunye Urgench ruins

Departs: 10Jun19, 16Aug19 Accommodation: Hotels (60%), wild camping (40%) Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Transport: Overland truck, 4WD Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $340 Tour Code: DRJTP

• Watch an 'eagle hunter' work • Horse ride with nomads

Commencing in the surreal city of Ashgabat, cross the deserts of Turkmenistan via the Darvaza Gas Crater to reach Uzbekistan. Visit the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoy a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before arriving into the capital Tashkent. From Tashkent, venture into the fertile Fergana Valley, and head into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan for trekking and more. End in beautiful Bishkek. Departs: 14Apr19, 12May19, 26May19, 18Jul19, 21Jul19 (additional dates available in reverse) Accommodation: Hotels/homestays/yurts (70%), wild camping (30%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, public bus Meals: All meals while camping, most breakfasts otherwise Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $890 Tour Code: DRAKY

Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran

Pamir Mountains, Central Asia

SPLENDOURS OF PERSIA

$3,915

FR

Tehran

Incl. local kitty

16 DAYS

highlights

• Meet friendly Iranian locals • Visit historic Yazd

Ashgabat

$5,329

FR

highlights

• Trek the Fann Mountains • Drive the Wakhan Corridor

Begin by making your way towards Toktogul Lake via mountain scenery. Drive to Osh, Krygyzstan's capital of the south, explore the city before driving over the Taldyk Pass and into the remote village of Sary Tash. Cross into Tajikistan and Karakul Lake, enjoying the scenery from 4336 metres above sea level. Travel the Ak-Baital Pass, drive the Wakhan Corridor, hike to see the petroglyphs in Langar and trek the magical Fann Mountains.

Ashgabat

CENTRAL SILK ROUTE

• Explore the Persepolis ruins • Discover stunning Isfahan

Starting in the capital of Ashgabat, the Turkmen leg of the tour visits the towns of Shirvan and Damghan, with an overnight stay in a hotel styled on a desert caravanserai. With all visas stamped and approved, cross the border to Iran where you'll visit important Zoroastrian sites in Yazd, the ancient ruins of Persepolis, and some impressive mirrored shrines in Shiraz. After exploring the stunning mosques of Isfahan, wind up the tour in capital Tehran. Departs: 21Apr19, 22Sep19 Accommodation: Hotels, homestays and yurts (100%) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Overland truck, bus Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $850 Tour Code: DRZIA

KYRGYZ & TAJIK EXPLORER Tashkent

$6,664

FR

Dushanbe

Incl. local kitty

33 DAYS

highlights

• Sleep in traditional felt yurts • Travel the Fergana Valley

• Trek Jeti-Oghuz Gorge • Camp in the Fann mountains

Travel the Stans overlanding through valleys and lakes, taking on huge hikes and sleeping in traditional felt yurts. Journey for three days into the remote Krygyz Fergana Valley and take impromptu hikes in the hills. Drive along Lake Issyk Kol and trek the region of Jeti Oguz. And that's not all, opt to go horse-riding with nomads, visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpn Ata and go trekking over the Aludin pass (3860 metres). Packing your bags yet? Departs: 26May19, 01Aug19 Accommodation: Hotels (60%), wild camping (40%) Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, bus Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $690 Tour Code: DRENT

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Overland Group Adventure


MONGOLIA, PANDAS & PAGODAS Ulaanbaatar

TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTE

86 DAYS, Bangkok

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highlights

Guided tour of Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors Visit Amarbayasgalant Buddhist Monastery Watch the sunset over Angkor Wat Cruise the Mekong Delta and spot dolphins See Chengde, the Emperor's summer home Hike to the top of Khorgo Volcano

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Hike forests & meadows by Khövsgöl Lake Fully explore the Great Wall of China Trek up the Wudang Shan's Tianzu Peak Visit Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Hike along the volcanic Orkhon Canyon Set your eyes on the largest rock Buddha

Day 1-9 Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor Wat / Kompong Thom / Phnom Penh / Kratie Kick start your epic journey in Bangkok, explore the city then drive through the Thai countryside to the border town of Aranyaprathet on Day 2. Cross the border in Cambodia and continue on to Siem Reap, stopping at a large border market in the north for lunch. A true highlight, you have a full day exploring the 12th-century Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, and will watch the sunset over the temples in the evening. Discover Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments in Sambor Prei Kuk and then drive to Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh on Day 6, visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison museum and the Killing Fields Memorial. Spend two days in Kratie on the banks of the Mekong River, enjoy the sunsets and hopefully spot some dolphins.

Day 10-18 Don Khon / Pakse / Thakhek / Vang Vieng / Luang Prabang It's an early start on Day 10 as you cross the border into southern Laos and the 4,000 Islands, boating to the island of Don Khon and visiting the Li Phi waterfalls. Enjoy free time to explore the islands before continuing to Pakse, then pay an included visit to a ruined Khmer temple called Wat Phou, located at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Camp in the area of Thakhek on Day 13 and drive to Vang Vieng the next day, with a free day to try out some trekking, cycling or rock climbing (at extra cost). Drive through the mountainous region of northern Laos to Luang Prabang on Day 16, and start a four-hour trek to Kuang Si waterfalls. Spend your afternoon relaxing in one of the many turquoise pools. Set out to discover what Luang Prabang has to offer with free time on Day 18.

Dali, China

Day 19-26 Luang Namtha / Mohan / Xishuangbanna / Shilin Stone Forest / Kunming Journey through gorgeous countryside into the small town of Luang Namtha, enjoy two free days and opt for hiking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park. Cross into China on Day 22 overland through Xishuangbanna, stopping at charming towns, villages and local markets over a few days. Drive towards Yunnan province on Day 23, reaching either Mojiang or Yuxi en route. Explore the stunning and bizarre rock formations of Shilin Stone Forest on Day 24, then drive to Kunming, the vibrant and modern capital of Yunnan province and explore the city over two days.

Day 27-38 Dali / Lijiang / Panzhihua / Emei Shan / Chengdu / Dazu / Chongqing Discover daring Dali, and opt to take short treks in the nearby Cangshan Mountains or ride bikes around the lake. In Lijiang, opt to do the two-day trek to Tiger Leaping Gorge - a worthwhile venture for the views alone. If that sounds a bit much, shorter trips can also be arranged. On Day 33, visit Emei Shan Mountain, one of the holiest sites in Chinese Buddhism, and join the pilgrims on their journey to the mountain summit (or own your lot and take the cable car). It's then on to Leshan and the Grand Buddha. At 71m tall, this is the largest Buddha rock carving in the world. Spend two nights in Chengdu wandering around the city's parks and Jinli Old Town, and enjoy an included visit to Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. Visit Dazu, Bei Shan and Baoding Shan Caves before arriving in Chongqing on Day 38.

Day 39-49 Yangtze River / Yichang / Wudang Shan / Xi'an / Yan'an / Lijiashan Embark on your Yangtze River Cruise travelling on a local ferry boat for three days through the Three Gorges and stopping at Fengdu and Shibaozi Tower and arriving in Yichang. Wander Yichang or visit the Three Gorges Dam on Day 42, then make for Xiang Fan en route to Wudang Shan, the birthplace of Taichi. Visit the mountain's temples and martial arts schools. Arrive in Xi'an on Day 45, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the Silk Road. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and explore the city's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter. Arrive in Yan'an on Day 48, the end point of the 'Long March', and visit the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters. Continue your journey into the ancient city of Lijiashan, famed for its settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families. Tonight you sleep in a cave room! Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

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$15,722

FR

Overland Group Adventure

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Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRERO

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Set off early for the Black Dragon Temple and then on to Pingyao. Head into the mountainous Wutai Shan and drive on to Datong on Day 55, visiting the Hanging Monastery en route. Visit the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China, and enjoy free time in the afternoon to walk around the incredible structure. At Chengde, take a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort. Arrive in busy Beijing on Day 60. Head out on the metro to Tiananmen Square and tour the Forbidden City, and explore the city's sights at leisure in the afternoon.

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Day 49-62 Pingyao / Wutai Shan / Datong / Jinshanling / Chengde / Beijing

Jan 20

Accommodation: Hotels, hostels, guesthouses (90%), wild camping (10%) Transport: Overland truck, private bus, boat, ferry Meals: All meals when camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $2,690

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Day 63-75 Ulaanbaatar / Ogii Lake / Kharkhorin / Orkhon Valley / Tsenkher / Tseterleg Leave China behind and head into Mongolia, crossing the border at Erlian. Your first taste of capital Ulaanbaatar comes on Day 65, where you'll stay until your journey out to the Mongolian plains on Day 68. Spend a night in a ger camp on the shore of Ogii Lake, a popular summer spot for nomadic families, before making your way to Kharkhorin, the once-capital of the Mongol Empire. Drive south into the Orkhon Valley and take an easy hike to the red Waterfalls. The next day, trek to the Tuvkhon Monastery, built in the 1650s by one of the country's most respected religious leaders. Head north crossing Khangai Nuruu Mountains into what Mongolians call The Paradise of the Horse Herders - we're talking lush green grasses and endless open valleys. Have a relaxing soak at Tsenkher Hot Springs and take a short walk to meet a nomadic family and explore the surrounding hills by foot or by horseback. Pit stop on the way to Tsetserleg, pop into the local market and head north past the Tamir River and wild camp tonight.

Terracotta Warriors, China

Day 76-81 Chuulut Canyon / Khorgo / Mörön / Zuun Lake / Khövsgöl Lake Camp nearby Chuulut Canyon and hike the Khorgo Volcano making your way down through the fields studded with pine trees, and stopping at the Yellow Dog Cave. Continue the drive north over the next few days, crossing mountain passes, vast grasslands and small creeks. Pass by Zuun Lake and arrive in Mörön, visit the local market, Danzadarjaa Monastery and the local museum. On Day 80, drive out to an ancient burial site featuring Mongolia's mysterious deer stones and then onto stunning Khövsgöl Lake, home to many ethnic minorities. Spend the next day hiking through thick pine forests and meadows carpeted with flowers near the lake.

Day 82-86 Selenge River / Bulgan / Amarbayasgalant Monastery / Ulaanbaatar Spend the next three days crossing central-northern Mongolia enjoying diverse landscapes before reaching Amarbayasgalant Monastery. One of the largest monasteries in the country and a central religious institution, it consists of 29 different temples, all are built in classic Tibetan style. Drive into Ulaanbaatar on Day 86 and enjoy a free evening to explore and try a local meal in one of the restaurants. Your tour finishes on Day 87. Khovsgol Lake Mörön Khorgo Kharkhorin

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Ogii Lake

M O N G O L I A

Great Wall Beijing

Datong Wutai Shan C H I N A

Ya’nan

Pingyao

Xi’an Chengdu Leshan Leaping Tiger Gorge Lijang Dali Kunming

Wudang Shan Yangtse River

Luang Namtha Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Thakek Pakse Don Khon Bangkok Kratie Siem Reap / Angkor Wat Phnom Penh

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The ultimate adventure that takes you through valleys, mountains, volcanoes and canyons. Cruise the Mekong Delta, trek through forests, walk the Great Wall, watch the sunset over Angkor Wat, and dive into the fascinating history of cultural and spiritual sights across Asia. Talk about a bucket list experience!


East Asia

Between China, Tibet, Nepal, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, this region offers diversity on a massive scale. Also, spectacular flavours. Plate us up.


TIBET ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Beijing

$4,299

FR

Kathmandu

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Walk the Great Wall of China • Tiananmen Square visit • Ride the Trans-Tibetan rail

• Stunning Jokhang Temple • Trek to Everest Base Camp • Explore spiritual Kathmandu

Day 1-4 Beijing / Trans-Tibetan Railway

Sera Monastery, Lhasa

Day 5-8 Lhasa

inclusions

Beijing C H I N A

Day 9-11 Gyantse / Tingri / Rongbuk / Everest Base Camp

N E PA L

Lhasa

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,039

Gyantse

Kathmandu

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$3,999

FR

Kathmandu

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Visit historic Durbar Square • Jokhang Temple guided tour • Hike to Everest Base Camp

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HIGH ROAD TO TIBET 14 DAYS, Kathmandu

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Departures 2019

Rongbuk / Mt. Everest

May

Drive on to Shigatse, then return to Lhasa on Day 13 by way of the Tashilunpo Monastery. Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, taking time out to explore the capital before your trip ends on Day 15.

Jan

Day 12-15 Shigatse / Lhasa / Kathmandu

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Shigatse Tingri

Mar

The drive to Gyantse crosses three passes over 5,000m and skirts the shores of Yamdrok Tso Lake. Day 10, visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyanste Kumbum before driving to Rongbuk the next day, the highest monastery in the world. After exploring Rongbuk, drive to Everest Base Camp and soak in the gorgeous scenery. If you're up for adventure, opt to hike the 7km to the Base Camp and get a tiny taste of what it's like to scale this magnificent mountain. (B)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), multishare guesthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts) Transport: Train, private bus, plane Meals: 4 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $360-470 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACTA

Feb

This historic city is situated more than 3,700m above sea level and dominated by the massive Potala Palace. Take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet and where prostrating pilgrims circle endlessly. (3B)

• World's highest monastery • Striking Himalayan scenery • G for Good collection

Day 1-3 Kathmandu / Panauti Arrive at any time in Nepal's ramshackle capital, ready for an orientation walk in Durbar Square the next day. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) and enjoy an authentic local lunch with the women of the G for Good Sisterhood Survivors Project. This project provides job training in hospitality for survivors of human trafficking, and all the proceeds go towards training in paralegal work to help other survivors. Later, leave for your G for Good community homestay in Panauti. Choose to hike to the village from Sanga or save your energy for helping to cook a traditional Nepalese dinner in the evening. (L, D)

Kathmandu, Nepal

inclusions

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Take a flight to Kathmandu and leave the Tibetan Plateau on Day 13. Enjoy a final evening in the capital, pick up some last-minute souvenirs and spend your rupees in the bars of Tamel. The trip ends on Day 14.

Departures 2019 Aug

I N D I A

Day 13-14 Kathmandu

My Own Room Available: Fr $1,349

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Gyantse

Panuati Rongbuk / Homestay Mt. Everest

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Kathmandu

Lhasa

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Shigatse

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Drive to Gyantse along the sacred Yamdrok Tso Lake, and visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. Next, make for Xegar via the Sakya Monastery and continue to Rongbuk to start your trek to Everest Base Camp. Head to Shigatse to the seat of the Panchen Lama (the Dalai's second-in-command). Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and enjoy some free time in the afternoon before returning to Lhasa.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), very basic guesthouse with limited facilities (1 nt) Transport: Plane, local bus, air con bus Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $375-490 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 14, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAANRT

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Day 7-14 Gyantse / Rongbuk / Everest Base Camp / Shigatse / Lhasa

C H I N A

Feb

Take an afternoon flight to Lhasa in the Tibetan Plateau. Enjoy an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and a guided tour of Jokhang Temple, known for being the spiritual heart of Tibet. Explore Sera Monastery where monks engage in debate and philosophy, and the looming Potala Palace built in the 1600s, where the Dalai Lamas meditate and handle affairs of state.

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Day 4-6 Lhasa

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Arrive in Beijing and get exploring! On Day 2, enjoy an included trip to the Great Wall of China, built from east to west to protect the Chinese empires from the invasions of Eurasian nomadic groups. After a guided tour of Beijing's Forbidden City, leave the city on the famous 48-hour train journey to Lhasa. Watch the scenery change as the train climbs onto the Tibetan Plateau. Sleeper compartments contain six berths and all bedding. Meals are served in the dining car.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF EAST ASIA 24 DAYS, Osaka

$7,999

FR

Shanghai Small Group Adventure

snapshot Have a fling with the mindblowing sights of Beijing, get your temple 'woah' in Kyoto and discover the harrowing history of South Korea. But it doesn't stop there on this culturally rich adventure through these East Asian powerhouses.

EAST ASIA

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer Group Size: Max 15 Tour Code: GAAJKC

inclusions Accommodation: Hotel (19 nts), mountain monastery (1 nt), traditional inn (1 nt), temple (1 nt) sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, metro, bus, private vehicle, ferry, tram, plane Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $795-1035 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $8,859

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Arrive in Osaka at any time. On Day 2 visit the centre of Buddhism in Japan and sleep in a temple atop the 800 metre Mt Koya. Savour a traditional dinner of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and watch monks pray the following morning. On Day 3 head to Hiroshima, visit the Peace Park and memorial museum, then take a ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima and see the famous Torii Gate. Travel to Kyoto on Day 5 and enjoy two days of exploring this city that was once Japan's capital and known for its spiritual centres, gardens, imperial palaces, and traditional wooden homes. Don't miss the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine and Nijo Castle and gardens. (2B, D)

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Day 1-6 Osaka / Koyasan / Hiroshima / Kyoto

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• Hop on a epic cable car to see Mount Fuji • Sleep in a ryokan & feast kaiseki style • Be amazed by the Terracotta Warriors

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• Visit Miyajima & the floating Torii Gate • Walk along the Great Wall of China • Visit Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

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Day 7-12 Hakone / Tokyo / Seoul Start Day 7 with a bang, head up Mount Owakudani on a cable car and look out over Mt. Fuji, take a boat ride on Lake Ahino-ko, and walk along the Old Takaido Highway. Sleep ryokan style tonight on traditional futons, and feast on a Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) meal. Later, relax in the luxurious natural hot springs. Arrive in futuristic Tokyo on Day 8, Japan's exciting capital city. Pop in to see a Sumo match, walk around Yoyogi Park, have a meal on Nakamise Street and treat your mind at Tokyo National Museum. Tokyo is shop til you drop central, for designer threads you can head over to Ginza shopping district, and for a more alternative look head to the Harajuku and Omotesando neighbourhoods. And if you're looking for an epic photo op, why not try your luck at one of the world's busiest intersections, the Shibuya Crossing. Fly to Seoul on Day 10, take a city tour visiting the Gyengbokgung Palace and the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea, one of the last remnants of the Cold War. (3B, D)

Day 13-19 Gyeongju-si / Busan / Seoul / Beijing Journey to Gyeongju-si on Day 13 and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Seoguram Grotto, and Bulgusksa Temple. Take a day trip to Yangdong Folk Village, another UNESCO-listed sight to add to the list, and then head on to Busan. Here you'll visit the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, wander the bustling Jagalchi fish market, Gujesijang market, Yongdusan Park, all before your overnight stay in a temple constructed more than 1,300 years ago. Return to Seoul via high-speed train. Board your flight to Beijing on Day 17 and spend the next few days visiting the city's most revered sights, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. (4B, D)

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Day 20-24 Xi'an / Suzhou / Shanghai Take the fast train to Xi'an heading to the Terracotta Warriors! The figures date from the late third century BC and depict the armies of the first Emperor of China which were built to protect the emperor in his afterlife. How. Cool. Is. That? Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou and visit the Master of the Nets Garden. Travel to Shanghai on Day 22, the world's largest city, and get lost in its unique blend of oriental culture and western flavours. Take an orientation walk along the Bund and enjoy a Chinese acrobat show, then you can tackle the city solo, hitting the shops or enjoying the colourful and sleepless nightlife. Depart Shanghai the next day. (L)

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Move on to the infamous city of Hiroshima on Day 10, bombed by the Americans in World War II. Pay a visit to the Peace Park and Museum, then catch the ferry over to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the floating Torii Gate. On Days 12 and 13, head to Kyoto and visit the impressive Nijo Castle and beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. On Day 14, take a boat ride to Lake Ashino-ko, walk along the Old Takaido Highway and hopefully catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji! Stay in a traditional ryokan, feast on tasty food and have a soak in some natural hot springs. On Day 15, head to Tokyo, then depart on Day 16. (2B, D)

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Upon arrival into the so-called Venice of the East, get your zen on in the beautiful Master of the Nets Garden, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site and first constructed back in 1140. On Day 6, travel to the bright lights of Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund. Later on Day 7, enjoy a fascinating Chinese acrobatics show. On Day 8, jump on a flight to Osaka, one of Japan's busiest metropolises. Get out and explore, then the following day, leave for Koyasan, Japan's centre of Buddhism. While here, you'll sleep in a temple atop the 800m Mt. Koya, eat traditional Buddhist cuisine and watch monks praying. (2B, D)

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Day 1-8 Xi'an / Pingliang / Lanzhou / Xiahe / Liujiaxia First stop, the world-famous Terracotta Warriors! Next, journey to Pingliang and trek around the holy mountain of Katong and its temples. Drive to Langzhou and then onto the enchanting Tibetan town of Xiahe. Spend two days exploring the Labrang Monastery or climb onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan Plateau. Drive to Liujiaxia on Day 8, stopping en route at the Bingling Si Buddha Caves. Friendship Highway, Himalayas

Day 9-18 Qinghai Hu / Golmud / Amdo / Lhasa Spend the next few days overlanding through the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai province, and pass by the Qinghai Hu Lake to Golmud. Embark on a three-day uphill journey across the Tanggula Pass and arrive in Lhasa, the religious, cultural and economic centre of Tibet. Visit Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, and Johhang Temple.

Day 19-24 Gyantse / Shigatse / New Tingri / Rongbuk Drive over the Kampa La Pass to the town of Gyaste and visit Palcho Monastery, then into Tibet's second-biggest city, Shigaste. Drive through mountain passes to New Tingri, head to Rongbuk Monastery and trek two hours to Everest Base Camp. Sleep in Tibetan tents and wake up to the view of Mount Everest. Embark the famous Friendship Highway into the Himalayas and down to the Nepalese border on Day 24.

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Day 25-31 Nuwakot / Pokhara / Khatauti Khola / Kathmandu Arrrive in Nuwakot, full of ancient temples and palaces, and get a feel for the refreshing calm of Nepalese life. Head to Pokhara on Day 27, discover spectacular waterfalls, forests and mountains. Put your yoga gear on and head to a meditation retreat or opt to go trekking, rafting, zip-lining and biking. On Day 29 there are several optional activities on offer in Khatauti Khola such as kayaking, rafting and hiking. Head to Kathmandu for one night and depart the tour on Day 31.

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Head to China's capital at any point on Day 1. The next day you'll visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, and then hop aboard the train to Xi'an. On Day 4, head to the Terracotta Warriors, one of China's greatest archaeological treasures, buried alongside the first Emperor of China in the late third century BC, and uncovered again in 1974 by local farmers in Xi'an's Lintong District. Enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse, then opt to cycle along the ancient city walls before catching the train to Suzhou. (L)


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Day 1-3 Taipei / Jiufen / Tainan Begin your blockbuster 10 days in Taipei, a thriving metropolis filled with street vendors, skyscrapers, and lined with grand historic buildings. Make your way to Taipei and depart for Jiufen on Day 2, an ex-gold mining mountain town developed during the Japanese occupation and known for its narrow lanes, teahouses and street food. Spend the day exploring the ancient city, eat all the food you can on Jiufen Old Street, visit the Golden Waterfall, and relax in the famous A Mei Teahouse before heading back to Taipei. Take a high speed train to Tainan on Day 3. Take a city tour to Chikan Tower, Confucius Temple, and Anping Fort. Hit the famous night markets, specifically the Flower Garden Market and Da Dong to feast on grilled seafood and oyster omelette, be brave and try the stinky tofu! (2B)

Day 4-5 Tainan / Sun Moon Lake Take a walking tour through Tainan on Day 4, the country's former capital under the Qing dynasty and its oldest urban area. Set off on a walking tour through the historic district of Anping that dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch East India Company occupied the city and built Fort Zeelandia. Make your way to the majestic Sun Moon Lake in the evening. The lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan, the east side of the lake looks like the sun and the west resembles the moon, hence its name. Explore Sun Moon Lake's temples, pagodas and Tuhua Village. Enjoy a boat ride and cycle tour around the lake. (2B)

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Day 6-8 Hualien / Taroko National Park / Yilan Head to the east side of Taiwan on Day 6, crossing through the mountains into Huelien. Explore the mesmerising Taroko National Park on Day 7, the park is filled with high mountains and gorges, and many of its peaks tower past 3,000 metres in elevation. Check out the 18km marble-walled Taroko Gorge and Liwu River, the towering Qingshui Cliffs and the beautiful Golden Canyon. Catch the train to vibrant Yilan on Day 8, have the cameras ready for the stunning scenery, pumping nightlife and delicious Yilan street food. Submerge yourself in beef noodles and bubble tea, and stuff yourself with Gua bao (aka the Taiwanese burger) and pan-fried buns at Luodong Night Market. (3B)

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Opt to spend the morning touring the National Centre for Traditional Arts, or a stroll through Yilan's flea and street markets. Transfer back to Taipei in the afternoon stopping at a local tea farm. Spend your final evening in the city in Dihua Street shopping for Chinese medicine and fabrics, going up the unmissable Taipei101, and laying your eyes on the world's largest and finest collection of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum. In your spare time we think more food discovery should be on the cards. Food is such an essential part of Taiwanese culture that locals often greet each other by asking "have you eaten yet?" So we think it's fair to say that you should embark on another street food hunt. Our recommendation would be the Tonghua Night Market where you'll find the liu sha doughnut and peanut spring roll ice-cream - drool! Depart any time on Day 10. (2B)

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The Dragon Trip HONG KONG TO HONG KONG

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• Check out Yangshuo's chilled vibes

From the black-eyed pandas of Chengdu to the kung fu monks of Shaolin, China is a land filled with wonders. Travelling with a group of wide-eyed friends and local Adventure Leaders, you'll experience China’s unmissable attractions on a route designed specifically for backpackers. See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, sail around on bamboo rafts in Yangshuo and camp under the stars on the Great Wall. Travelling by sleeper trains, not one second is wasted!

• Spot Chengdu's giant pandas • Visit the Terracotta Warriors • Test your kung fu skills out • Walk along the mighty Great Wall • Mainland China's largest bar crawl • Soak up Fujian's tranquil scenery • Get lost in bustling Hong Kong

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Day 13-16 Beijing / Great Wall of China

Kick off your 25-day adventure riding the Peak Tram funicular railway up to Victoria Peak for incredible views over the city and harbour below. Catch the bullet train to Guilin then relax overnight in Yangshuo.

After arriving in Beijing, you’re off to the Great Wall of China! Hike along a deserted part of the Wall as the sun sets, without other tourists around, before pitching your tent for a night of camping on the Wall (May-Sep only). Wake early for an unforgettable sunrise, and then head back to Beijing. Over the next two days, visit highlights including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 2-5 Yangshuo Wake up in rural Yangshuo, one of the most popular backpacking destinations in China and famed for its stunning karst scenery. This afternoon’s activities include biking around and bamboo rafting down the Li River. There is no shortage of optional activities to fill your three days here: you can visit mud baths in underground caves, enjoy a guided bike tour to swimming spots and lookouts, sample snake liquor and take a Chinese cooking class! On the final morning, rise early to see an incredible sunrise over the karst peaks and ancient pagodas, before taking the bullet train to Chengdu.

Day 6-8 Chengdu / Xi'an Arrive in Chengdu, where you can enjoy a traditional Sichuan Hotpot dinner. On the morning of Day 7, visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre, arriving in time to watch the pandas tuck into breakfast, followed by a massage from a blind masseuse. Join an optional tour to the world’s largest Buddha statue and visit the Wenshu monastery. On Day 8, take the bullet train to Xi’an

Day 9-10 Xi’an After arriving in Xi’an, visit the Terracotta Warriors. In the evening, you have the chance to help out at a home for people with disabilities. On Day 9, enjoy a walking tour of the Muslim quarter, which finishes at the Great Mosque, or join an optional bike tour around the ancient city walls.

Day 11-12 Shaolin Take the bus to Dengfeng to visit a children’s home in the evening. The children here are trained by Shaolin masters in kung fu, and will put on a performance for you! Learn the basics from a Shaolin master himself in an optional lesson. Afterwards, it’s your turn to help the children practice their English. On Day 12, rise early to visit the Shaolin Temple. Then board the night train to Beijing.

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Day 17-18 Hangzhou / Shanghai Today, there is time to enjoy more optional activities in Beijing before boarding the night train to Hangzhou. From Hangzhou you'll take a boat tour of the famous West Lake and hike to see bamboo forests in the surrounding mountains. Spend the night in a hostel and travel on to Shanghai the next day. Join mainland China’s largest bar crawl and experience a night out Chinese style.

Day 19-21 Shanghai Join a former French Concession walking tour, including a visit to a hidden underground propaganda museum, and end the day at a bar on the roof of a skyscraper, where you can enjoy views of Pudong and The Bund while sipping Tequila Sunrise in a hot tub. After taking in all Shanghai has to offer, board a bullet train deep into the tea growing hills of Fujian Province.

Day 22-24 Fujian Province Arrive in Fujian Province, arguably the most picturesque area in China. Here, you spend the night in a tulou, a traditional earthen roundhouse of the Hakka people. On Day 23, you can visit neighbouring roundhouses and temples, discover the beautiful countryside, participate in a tea ceremony, and swim in the local river. The next day, cycle to a village famous for its exquisite rivers, mountains and original tulou clusters and board the night train to Guangzhou.

Day 25 Macau / Hong Kong Arrive in Guangzhou and transfer to Hong Kong. Today's excursion takes you to Macau, where you can try the world’s highest bungy jump. You can also opt to visit the Venetian Macau. In the evening, catch a high-speed ferry from Macau back to Hong Kong, arriving around 8pm when the trip comes to an end.

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Pandas and great walls. Start in glitzy Shanghai heading for the stunning scenery of Yangshuo. The journey will take you to Xi'an, home of the Terracotta Warriors, and to Shaolin, the birthplace of kung fu. You'll swing by the Great Wall to camp under the stars, explore Beijing and get swept up in Shanghai's sizzling nightlife. Departs: Selected Mon and Wed (Mar-Oct) SHABUS

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Venture from Beijing to Hong Kong, taking in the ancient and modern as you explore both cityscapes and countrysides. A visit to the Great Wall included, plus the chance to check out the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACBF

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Day 4-6 Xi'an / Suzhou After you've arrived into Xi'an this morning, enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter with your Chief Experience Officer (CEO). Afterwards, opt to visit the Terracotta Warriors, cycle along the ancient city walls, or practice some calming tai chi with the locals. The next day, enjoy some free time to further explore Xi'an, then take an overnight train to Suzhou, known as the Venice of the East. Upon arrival, opt to explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens, then enjoy a night of karaoke. It's what the locals do and is bound to provide a memorable night!

Day 7-12 Shanghai / Wuyishan / Xiamen Hop aboard a high-speed train to Shanghai today and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Visit the Bund, Old Shanghai, the People's Park and more, then the rest of your time here is yours to do as you choose! Opt to visit the 400-year old Yuyuan Gardens, catch the contortionists and wire-walkers doing their thing at a Chinese acrobatic show or head up Shanghai Tower for epic views. On Day 9, board a bullet train to Wuyishan in the Fujian province. The next day, visit the beautiful Wuyishan Reserve, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and hit the trails. On Day 11, hop aboard the train to the colonial port city of Xiamen. Enjoy an orientation walk, then opt to visit the cafés, beaches and night markets of Gulangyu Island. Perhaps indulge in some of Xiamen's lively nightlife this evening?

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Day 13-16 Yongding / Shenzen / Hong Kong Transfer to a small village today in Yongding County. Overnight in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. After you've arrived, enjoy an orientation tour around the village, then experience day-to-day life in this unique province full of history and traditional Chinese culture. On Day 14, opt to rent a bike and visit the nearby village of Nanxi, famous for its numerous tulou houses. Travel to Shenzen via Longyang on Day 15, and indulge in some optional shopping on arrival. The city is famous for it! On your final day, cross the border into Hong Kong where your trip ends on arrival. There's plenty to do here, so stick around if you can!

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Day 1-5 Hong Kong / Yangshuo Arrive into Hong Kong in time to meet your group and CEO this evening. If you've got time to spare before the meeting, why not get out and explore? Hong Kong is chock-a-block full of things to do. Catch the tram up Victoria Peak (522m) and soak up the city panoramas, visit the giant Buddha on Lantau Island or hop aboard the Star Ferry for ocean vistas. The next day, cross the border to Shenzhen and board the train to Guilin before transferring to the rural village of Yangshuo, nestled among the limestone karsts jutting out of the Li River. One of the most scenic regions of China, this beautiful backpacker town is a great base for various activities, cultural immersion, and relaxing at cafés. Enjoy a couple of days at leisure here, getting to see the rural side of China. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like tai chi, indulging in a traditional massage, or checking out the Li River Light Show. On Day 5, board the overnight train to the modern city of Chengdu.

Day 6-8 Chengdu / Luoyang Enjoy a free day to explore the city of Chengdu. It's best known for its spicy local food and the giant pandas at the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre, a centre established to provide an ideal breeding environment for these endangered creatures. A visit here will give you the chance to learn all about their life cycle and habitat, and provide you with plenty of photo opportunities of course! If that's not enough for you, why not sign up to a day trip to nearby Leshan? There, you'll find the world's largest ever Buddha statue carved into the red rock. The fingernails are bigger than the average human! Catch the overnight train to Luoyang on the evening of Day 8.

Day 9-11 Luoyang / Song Shan Transfer to Shaoling and visit the Shaolin temple. Dating back 1,500 years, it was possibly also the birthplace of kung fu. Before spending the night in a local guesthouse, opt to hike up the holy Song Shan mountain for some pretty perfect views. On Day 11, enjoy a free day near the mountain before you transfer back to Luoyang where you have the chance to visit the Longmen Grottoes, the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). Afterwards, board the overnight train to Beijing.

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• Explore Yangshuo's karst landscapes • Hike up the holy Mt. Song Shan • Meet the giant pandas of Chengdu

Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, private vehicle Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $330-43O for meals not included

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Arrive into the capital of China early this morning. With the rest of the day free to explore, opt to wander the city on your own. Don't miss Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City, Beihai Park and the Temple of Heaven, and check out Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall. There's also the Confucius Temple built in 1302, the Panjiayuan Antiques Market and the Summer Palace. But, you could also sign up for the optional trip to the Great Wall of China. We would definitely recommend this - you can even opt to go tobogganing down from it! After one last night with your group, it's time to say your farewells on Day 13.

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• Chill out in Yangshuo • Hit up Shanghai's shops • Enjoy Hong Kong's nightlife

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-3 Beijing Arrive into China's frenetic capital at any time on Day 1 and get settled in. Later on, meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travellers. On Day 2, step back in time with a visit to the famous Great Wall of China. You can even see it from space! Later, opt to explore the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. On Day 3, enjoy a full day of free time, then catch the train to overnight Xi'an. Great Wall of China, Beijing

Day 4-6 Xi'an / Suzhou Enjoy an orientation walk through the Muslim Quarter upon arrival, then enjoy the rest of your time here exploring. Opt to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls or practice tai chi with the locals! Catch the overnight train on Day 5 to Suzhou, often labelled the Venice of the East. Opt to see the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens, once you arrive then channel Mariah or Whitney with an included karaoke session that evening.

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Travel to thriving Hong Kong on Day 13 via Guilin. Choose to guzzle on dim sum, jump on a tram up to the Peak to enjoy panoramic views of this flourishing metropolis, or walk with 10,000 Buddhas. Not literally, but there are 431 steps that lead up to 10,000 Buddha's monastery and during this ascent you'll be surrounded by gold-painted life-sized Buddha statues. Enjoy one last night here with your group then head off any time on Day 14.

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Hop over to Shanghai on Day 7 and see the city on an included orientation walk. Enjoy plenty of free time over the next couple of days to see the city. Head up the Oriental Pearl Tower and soak up the views, wander around Yuyuan Gardens or catch an acrobatics show. On Day 9, catch the overnight train to Guilin. Continue on to the beautiful region of Yangshuo for two days of optional cooking classes and tai chi.

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Beijing

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels or multi-share hostels (10 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, private vehicle Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $340-445 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACBS

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• Visit the Shaolin Temple • Take in Yangshuo's scenery • Cycle Xian's ancient walls

Day 1-4 Beijing / Gubeiko / Beijing Arrive into China's crazy capital at any point on Day 1 and get settled in. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before taking a tour through the historic hutongs (alleys). The next day, transfer to the famous Great Wall of China for two action-packed days of hiking. On the night of Day 3, chat with farmers over a traditional meal at a homestay before your overnight train to Luoyang on return to Beijing. (B, D)

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Hop on a flight and then a transfer to Yangshuo on the Li River, where you'll enjoy an orientation walk. During your free time, choose to check out a local cooking school, have a go at some calming tai chi or see an intriguing light and sound show. Food lovers will certainly be happy as Yangshuo is known for its speciality foods. While here, why not sample some Beer Fish, Chinese chestnuts and other traditional snacks. Hop on a guided cycle ride through the countryside past rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo. (L)

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Arrive in Luoyang and choose to visit the Longmen Grottoes, a range of caves housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples. Day 6, travel to the holy mountain of Song Shan and hike in the countryside. The next day, visit the Shaolin Temple, the home of kung fu. Board a bus and train to Xi'an, China's age-old capital and the end point of the Silk Road. Cycle the ancient city walls and have a wander past the mosques of the Muslim Quarter.

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Arrive in Beijing at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. You'll be based here for the next couple of days, and will get the chance to explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the famous Great Wall of China. You'll also have plenty of free time while here, so why not catch a kung fu show? Developed by some of China's top stage directors and designers, the performance is an absolute knock out. On Day 4, catch a bullet train to Shanghai, China's largest and most dynamic city. Visit the world-famous Shanghai Museum, chock-a-block full of 120,000 precious works of art, and opt to check out a death-defying performance by Chinese acrobats. Then, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.

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• Cycle around the stunning Yangshuo region • Explore the Forbidden City and Great Wall • See the iconic Terracotta Warriors

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), basic monastery (3 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus, boat, bike, taxi Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $530-690 for meals not included

Day 7-13 Xi'an / Emei Shan This morning, find your feet on an orientation walk through Xi'an's Muslim Quarter then visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures, the Terracotta Warriors. During your time off, opt to cycle along the ancient city walls or visit the magnificent Great Mosque. On Day 9, after a free morning in Xi'an, hop on a bullet train to Chengdu, and guzzle a hotpot dinner that evening. Experience the giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Centre and choose to catch a performance at the Sichuan Opera. Spend the next few days exploring Emei Shan, one of China's four sacred Buddhist peaks, and overnight in a traditional monastery. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip! Hike around the Emei Shan region, visit local village, see the world's largest stone-carved Big Buddha and choose to visit a tea farm for a nice cuppa or two. (D)

Day 14-19 Chengdu / Yangtze River / Three Gorges / Yangshuo Catch a fast train to Chongging before boarding a Chinese-style boat and settling in before tomorrow's cruise down the mighty Yangtze River and through the Three Gorges, and head on some riverside excursions up tributaries to historic sites. On Day 17, board an overnight train to Liuzhou and drive to the limestone karst landscape of Yangshuo, also known for its caves, rivers, temples and relaxed café scene. Traverse the stunning Li River on a bamboo raft before sitting down for a traditional lunch at the G for Good Jia Community Restaurant. During your free time, opt to take a cooking class and learn some of the secrets of Chinese cuisine. Otherwise, opt to practice some calming tai chi or see a light and sound show on the river, produced by director Zhang Yimou.

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Return to Guilin for the fast train to Shenzhen and cross the border into the heart of Hong Kong. Hit the Temple Street Night Market for food, souvenir shopping and fortune telling (that's one way of deciding where to go next). Hong Kong is one of the world's culinary capitals. And no wonder; the food scene here is as diverse as they come with Japanese, Cantonese, Sichuanese and even French dishes making it on to the menus. So make the most of it. Your tour comes to an end on Day 21. (L)

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ULTIMATE CHINA ON A SHOESTRING 27 DAYS, Hong Kong

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACRR

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Day 1-5 Hong Kong / Yangshuo Arrive in Hong Kong, an autonomous territory in south east China, on Day 1. The next day, your loop begins as you cross the border to Shenzhen and board the train to Guilin. Transfer to Yangshuo and enjoy a couple of days exploring the scenic region. Walk along the Li River and feast your eyes on a landscape of limestone karsts and lakes. Fancy a break from the peace and quiet? Head to the city's West Street for after-hours music and booze. Board the overnight train to Chengdu on Day 5.

Day 6-11 Chengdu / Song Shan Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu, known for its spicy local cuisine and, of course, its Panda Breeding Centre. Opt for a day trip to nearby Leshan to see its giant Buddha statue, or choose to stay in the city. On Day 9, arrive in Luoyang and choose to pay a visit to the Longmen Grottoes. Next day, transfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan to visit the Shaolin Monastery, the main temple of the Shaolin school of Buddhism. Opt to hike up the mountain before a night at a local guesthouse. Transfer to Luoyang to board the overnight train to the capital.

Day 12-17 Beijing / Xi'an / Suzhou Find your bearings in Beijing with some free time, then enjoy a visit to the Great Wall of China. Back in the city, opt to visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before your overnight train to Xi'an. Start your visit with an orientation walk around the Muslim Quarter, then choose to visit the Terracotta Warriors or practice tai chi with the locals. Day 16, board an overnight train to Suzhou. Visit Suzhou on Day 17, the so-called Venice of the East. Tonight, shack up in a private karaoke booth and just... LET IT GO ('Frozen' playlist not guaranteed).

Day 18-23 Shanghai / Wuyishan / Xiamen

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Arrive in Shanghai and take your first steps in the city with the group on an orientation walk. After, choose to go it alone or join your guide for a walk through the Bund (the waterfront district in central Shanghai), Old Shanghai, People's Park and plenty of other highlights. On Day 20, board a bullet train to the city resort of Wuyishan in the Fujian province. On arrival, and with your entry already paid for, opt to go hiking or bamboo rafting. The next two days will be spent on the coast in colonial Xiamen. Choose to visit the cafés and beaches of Gulangyu Island.

Day 24-27 Yongding / Hongkeng Village / Shenzhen / Hong Kong Transfer to Yongding County and spend the night in a Hakka tulou, a large, multi-storey fortified roundhouse built for communal living. Enjoy a more rural setting with an orientation walk around the village and an up-close look at daily life in this traditional setting. Choose to rent a bike and visit a neighbouring community with more tulou or an ancient village. On Day 26, travel to Longyang in the morning and continue on a fast train to Shenzhen. Cross the border into Hong Kong the following day, where your tour ends on arrival. If you've got time to spare, we'd recommend staying!

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• Walk on the Great Wall • Visit Tiananmen Square • Awe at the Terracotta Army

• Explore exotic Shanghai • See the Venice of the East • Catch a cultural performance

Arrive in China's charismatic capital and get ready for two days of sightseeing. Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world, and walk around the opulent Forbidden City, the seat of the Ming dynasty between 1420 and 1644. Take a walk on the Great Wall, then take a fast train to Xi'an on Day 3.

Day 4 Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an

Discover one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the Terracotta Warriors, discovered by local farmers in 1974. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local farm house. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before joining in with tai chi or ballroom dancing in the parks. Check out the Great Mosque, scour the souvenir stalls and indulge in the city's superb street food. Board an overnight train to Suzhou. (L)

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Explore dynamic Shanghai, where east meets west, and see how ancient rituals sit side by side with modern life. Go on an orientation walk along the Bund, the old colonial waterfront, or shop on the famous Nanjing Road before heading out for a final dinner with your group. Want to go out with a bang? Go see a Chinese acrobatic performance! Your tour ends on Day 8, and you're free to depart at any time.

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Suzhou, otherwise known as the Venice of the East for its network of canals, stone bridges, pagodas and classical gardens. The Master of the Nets Garden is one of China's most exquisite, so make the most of your visit by sitting back and enjoying a cultural performance.

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Day 5 Suzhou

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, metro, private van Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $195255 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACCR

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• Experience a tea ceremony • Visit the ancient Qing Tombs • Try your hand at tai chi

Day 1-3 Beijing / Jiankou Arrive into China's capital on Day 1 and opt to get out and explore. The next day, enjoy an action-packed day visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later that day, learn the ancient art of traditional Chinese tea making. Prepare for a tea ceremony, learn to distinguish between different types of tea, and taste many flavours. On Day 3, transfer to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Enjoy a quick hike on the wall, then head to Jiankou Village for the night. (2B, D)

Mutianyu Section, Great Wall of China

Day 4-6 Gubeikou / Jinshanling / Huangyaguan

Jiankou Mutianyu

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Trip Style: Active Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (4 nts), simple guesthouses (5 nts) Transport: Local bus Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget: Allow USD $105-140 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Office (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAACGA

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Enjoy one last day trekking along the wall at Huangyaguan, so called due to the bright yellow flowers that appear in this region, before bedding down in a guesthouse. The next day, head back to Beijing, stopping at the Qing Tombs along the way. The best-preserved mausoleum complex in the country, these tombs contain five emperors, 15 empresses, 3 princes, 2 princesses, and 136 concubines! Upon arrival in Beijing, enjoy plenty of free time. Opt to explore more of the city sights or kick back and chill. You'll no doubt be tired post trekking! Depart any time on Day 10. (4B, L, D)

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Hike from Jiankou Village today and head to the Great Wall. In the afternoon, transfer to Gubeikou and explore the village before getting settled at the guesthouse. Try your hand at some tai chi this evening! On Day 5, transfer to the starting point of the unspoiled 'Crouching Tiger' portion of the Great Wall and enjoy a three-hour hike. Continue hiking on Day 6, passing the Jinshanling section of the wall. The wall is better restored here and no less spectacular! Journey on to the Huangyaguan Portion of the wall in the Tianjin Region. (3B, 3L, 3D)

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HONG KONG TO BEIJING ADVENTURE 20 DAYS, Hong Kong

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• Included calligraphy lesson • Tour of the Forbidden City • G for Good collection

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-4 Hong Kong / Yangshuo / Kunming Arrive into Hong Kong at any time on Day 1, then cross the border the next day. Get the fast train from Shenzhen to Guilin, then transfer to the otherworldly Yangshuo. Explore the stunning Li River and have a typical lunch at a G for Good restaurant. Then, choose to take a cooking class, practice tai chi, rent a bike or go to see the Light and Sound show. The following morning, transfer to Guilin for your flight to Kunming, Yunnan's capital. (L)

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On Day 14, board the fast train to Pingyao. Try your hand at calligraphy with an included class, then get out and explore in your free time. On the afternoon of Day 16, hop on a train to Datong and see the Hanging Monastery and statues in the Yungyang Grottoes. On Day 18, travel to Beijing and visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Depart on Day 20. (4B)

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Day 5, catch a flight to Lijiang and head on a settle-in walk through the old town. Next day, journey to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start the famous hike along the Yangtze River. Return to Lijiang and opt to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town or visit the Dragon Pool Park. Day 9, catch an express bus to Dali and get your bearings with an orientation walk of the Old Town before a free day. Choose to rent a bike to see Lake Erhai and discover the lakeside villages. Day 11, catch a flight to the lively city of Chengdu, and have a local hotpot dinner in the evening. The next two days will be spent visiting the Panda Breeding Centre to get close and personal with these friendly giants before boarding a bullet train to Xi'an. Choose to see the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Mosque, or pedal along the city walls by bike. (D)

• Watch an acrobatics show • Trek through rice terraces • Explore Hong Kong

Day 1-3 Beijing Arrive into China's capital at any time on Day 1 and get exploring. Over the next two days, visit the historic confines of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to the Ming dynasty. Top off your three-day stay with an included trip to the Great Wall of China, surely one of the most iconic structures in the world. Take an overnight train to Xi'an on Day 3 - the first of many journeys on the Chinese railway. Forbidden City, Beijing

Day 4-7 Xi'an / Suzhou / Shanghai The Terracotta Army is made up of 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and over 600 horses, and you'll get to see this archaeological treasure on an included visit complete with lunch at a local family's home. Built to guard China's first emperor in the afterlife, it was unearthed in 1974 by a group of local farmers who were digging a well. This afternoon, opt to cycle the city walls before your overnight train to Suzhou. On Day 5, explore the Master of the Nets Garden (one of China's most beautiful) and travel to Shanghai the next day. Enjoy an orientation walk around the Bund and wrap up the day at an included Chinese acrobat show. (L)

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Today you're free to wander the city as you please, soaking in its contrast of the new and the traditional. Board a train to Guilin on Day 9 and transfer to Longji. The next day, enjoy a trek through rural villages and rice paddies, stopping and chatting with locals along the way. Afterwards, transfer to Yangshuo, a region dominated by lakes, limestone karsts and the Li River. Enjoy a free day here on Day 12, and opt to go rafting or bike riding. Board a train to Hong Kong on Day 13 for one final night on the town. Head off on Day 14.

Beijing

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• Trek along the Great Wall • See old and modern China • Stroll along Suzhou's canals

• Enjoy a night of karaoke • Visit Xi'an's Muslim Quarter • Shanghai orientation walk

After arriving in the capital, meet your group and get ready for two days of exploring. First up is an included visit to the Great Wall, with some parts being built as early as 700 BC. Back in the city, opt to visit the Forbidden City and the famous Tiananmen Square. Catch the overnight train to Xi'an in the evening of Day 3.

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On arrival on Day 4, enjoy an orientation walk around the Muslim Quarter. Here you'll find most of the city's seven mosques and a very active Muslim community - something of a rarity in China. Over the next two days, opt to visit the famous Terracotta Warriors, cycle the ancient city walls or practice some tai chi. Take an overnight train to Suzhou.

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One of the world's most rapidly-expanding cities, Shanghai is China's most outwardlooking city and often a favourite with visitors to the country. Enjoy an orientation walk to get you into the swing of things, then enjoy some time at leisure. The tour ends on Day 8, and you're free to depart at any time. Though you might want to stick around!

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Often called the Venice of the East, some of Suzhou's best attractions are its canals, pagodas and humpback bridges. But it's pièce de résistance? Its beautiful gardens. Opt to visit the Master of the Nets Garden - the city's pride and joy - before a night of belting solos at a local karaoke bar. Private booth included (phew).

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Day 6 Suzhou

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts), Hostels twin/double (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $185-240 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACBI

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• Historic Tiananmen Square • Discover the Forbidden City • Hang out with giant pandas

• See the Great Wall of China • Explore tranquil Yangshuo • Stroll along Shanghai's Bund

Day 1-4 Beijing Arrive in Beijing and meet your group. Prepare to have your mind boggled by China's capital, an epicentre of politics, education and culture. Head to the ancient tombs of the 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors, an art precinct built into decommissioned military factories, then make your way to the mighty Great Wall. On the evening of Day 4, hop aboard the sleeper train to the ancient city of Xi'an. (3B, 2L, 2D) Giant Pandas, Chengdu

Day 5-7 Xi'an / Chengdu

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Flying into Shanghai, you'll experience the ultimate scene change, as the neon lights and urban energy become a reality. Whilst here, you'll take to the dizzying heights of Shanghai Tower, get some shopping in at Chengheng Miao and visit a silk factory. Your trip ends on Day 12. (3B, D)

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Day 10-12 Yangshuo / Shanghai

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Catch a flight to Guilin and head to Yangshuo. Explore the night markets of one of the 'quietest' towns in China. On Day 9, opt to try a local cooking class or just take Yangshuo at your own pace. Here, you'll no doubt really get acquainted with China's traditional way of life, sipping Tsingtao and admiring the views of the mighty limestone karsts. (2B)

Apr

Day 8-9 Chengdu / Yangshuo

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35 Accommodation: 3* hotels (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Plane, overnight train, private coach, high-speed train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COCHNA

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Enjoy a tour of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors on Day 5, then stroll past ancient Chinese art at TangBo Museum. Continue with a bike ride along the ancient Xi'an City Wall. On Day 6, catch a high-speed train to Chengdu, a city dotted with tea houses and full of students. Your highlight here will no doubt be a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Make sure you've packed that selfie stick! (3B, L)

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CHINESE SILK ROUTE 22 DAYS, Kashgar

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$4,197

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Overland Group Adventure

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• Wild camp in the mountains • Explore the Mogao Caves • See the Terracotta Warriors

Xxxxxxxxxxx Day 1-5 Kashgar / Aksu Your journey begins in Kashgar, one of the ancient trading posts of the Silk Route. Visit the Sunday bazaar and stop by Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world - before venturing east through the Taklamakan Desert. This crossing will take up to three days, so you'll be staying in some pretty great locations along the way, first near Aksu then in or around Korla or Bayanbulak. Zhangye Danxia (Rainbow Mountains), Gansu

Day 6-11 Heavenly Lake / Turpan / Dunhuang Arrive at the shores of Heavenly Lake and bed down for two nights at the lake's traditional yurt camp. On Day 8, continue to the oasis town of Turpan to explore the surrounding sites, including the famous Jiaohe ruins, then it's on to the ancient Silk Road town of Dunhuang and the Mogao Buddha caves.

Heavenly Lake Aksu

Day 12-17 Jiayuguan / Zhangye / Liujiaxia / Xiahe

Leave on Day 18, and make for the chaotic capital of Gansu where you'll spend the day at leisure. Next, you're off to Pingliang at the base of Mt. Kongtong, one of the holiest mountains in Chinese Taoism. Get out and explore the colourful temples here to soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Xi'an will be your final destination, home to the Terracotta Warriors and a heap of stunning pagodas! Your epic Silk Road adventure finishes on Day 22, when you're free to continue with onwards travel plans.

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On Day 12, visit the adobe section of the Great Wall of China at Jiayuguan - its most western point - then make your way to Liujiaxia through the cartoon-like Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains. After an overnight stop at Liujiaxia on the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau, visit the Bingling Si Buddha Caves en route to the Tibetan town of Xiahe. With three days to spend here, activities can include visits to the Labrang Monastery, the surrounding grasslands or even local Tibetan families.

Day 18-22 Lanzhou / Pingliang / Xi'an

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$2,963

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Small Group Adventure

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• Explore ancient Pingyao • Walk on China's Great Wall • Hike dramatic Wutai Shan

Xi’an

Departs: 18May19, 29Jun19, 24Aug19 (additional dates available in reverse) Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses and yurts (90%), wild camping (10%) Transport: Overland expedition vehicle, public bus, boat Meals: All meals included while camping, most breakfasts in hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $690 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRZKX

NORTHERN CHINESE WANDERER 17 DAYS, Xi'an

Pingliang

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• Bed down in a cave dwelling • Tour Beijing's Forbidden City • Walk Chengde's Imperial City

Day 1-4 Xi'an / Yan'an / Lijiashan Start in Xi'an, the ancient capital of the Shaanxi province, with a guided tour of the Terracotta Army. As big as the collection of life-size figurines is, it's only a small part of a much larger necropolis built for the country's first Emperor. Enjoy a day to explore the city' before continuing to Yan'an the next day to visit its Revolutionary Museum. On Day 4, you're off to Lijiashan, famous for its settlement of cave dwellers. So where better to spend the night than in a family-run cave room?

Pingyao, Shanxi Province

Day 5-9 Pingyao / Wutai Shan

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Spend some more time at the wall on Day 13 then head back on the road towards Chengde. The following day, enjoy a full day exploring the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort. On Day 15, travel to your final destination. And where better to finish than in the busy noise of Beijing? Over two days, visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and try plenty of Chinese cuisine in between. Your adventure wraps up on Day 17.

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Datong-bound, call in at the gorgeous Hanging Monastery on the way and head to the Yungang Buddha Caves in Datong on Day 11. The Great Wall of China is usually pretty high on visitors' must-see lists, and so Day 12 sees a welcome visit to the Jinshanling section! Make the most of a full afternoon to explore.

Chengde

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Day 10-12 Datong / Jinshanling

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Jinshanling

Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Hotels and guesthouses (100%) Transport: Overland expedition vehicle, taxi, metro Meals: Not included Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $550 Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRCHM

Feb

Call by the Black Dragon Temple on your way to Pingyao. Spend three nights at China's best-preserved walled town and explore the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and Zhangbi Underground City at your leisure. Make for Wutai Shan on Day 8, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major pilgrimage centre. Spend the next day exploring the area and its incredible array of temples and religious sites.

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• Browse Kashgar's markets • Discover historic Dunhuang • Stay in a lakeside yurt


BEIJING & BEYOND ancient vs. modern CHINA, TAIWAN & HONG KONG

Welcome to a classic case of yin and yang! In one corner, you've got the ancient capital of Beijing, a treasure trove for history geeks and culture vultures alike. There's the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and of course, let's not forget about that Great Wall! Once you've filled your boots with all things Ancient China, head south to the city of swagger, Shanghai, a goldmine of glitzy shopping malls, gleaming hotels, designer flagship stores and modern architecture.

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$157 $79

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$162

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Location: A minute's walk from the Chongwenmen subway & 25 minutes' walk to Tiananmen Square & the Temple of Heaven. Vibe: Excellently located slick and shiny hotel in the inner city, ideal for the discerning traveller. Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Bar • 2 restaurants • Café • Luggage storage • Laundry • 24-hour reception • On-site parking (at extra cost) BJSCHO

TOTAL BEIJING

$832

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Experience this fantastic tour of all of Beijing's highlights, with all accommodation and transfers included. Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Then, take an intriguing bike ride through the city's ancient and bustling backstreets. Continue by exploring local art and exquisite architecture, rounding off your tour with a trip to the mighty Great Wall of China. Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Accommodation: Two options (basic and standard, 3 nts) Meals: 1 lunch at Great Wall Transport: Private transfer included for the Great Wall, otherwise not included Tour Code: BJSTOT

Of all the trips to the Great Wall of China, this one definitely has the 'wow' factor. Get your blood pumping as you trek along with your guide, and enjoy breathtaking views and steep climbs as you walk at your own pace. Enjoy a yummy, local lunch at a nearby village after a morning's hike, plus a soothing traditional reflexology foot massage to recuperate - ideal! All entry fees and transport are included within the package price. Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays Meals: Lunch included Transport: Return transfers included Includes: English-speaking guide, entry to Great Wall Mutianyu and all transport Tour Code: BJSWAL

VOLUNTEER CHINA PANDAS

$2,408

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Prepare for panda-monium with everyone's favourite black-eyed cuties at the Dujiangyan Panda Research Centre. Help rangers out with feeding, cleaning and general work, then on Day 5, board an night train to Xi'an. On Day 7, meet the Terracotta Warriors, then to Shaolin to see the famous temple. Day 10 takes you to Beijing for a hiking and camping (May-Sep only) trip on the Great Wall. Departs: Selected Thursdays and Saturdays Location: Dujiangyan Getting There: Pick-up from Mr Panda Hostel, transfer to project and transport throughout Accommodation: Panda centre (4 nts), hostels/guesthouses (5 nts), camping or guesthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts Trip Code: PEKPAN

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An enigmatic melting pot of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and tasty cuisine, Hong Kong encapsulates the Asia we all know and love. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping, hop aboard a traditional junk to explore urban beaches or take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak for panoramic views. And don't forget the markets, where hawkers flog everything from bizarre lotions & potions to counterfeit watches.

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Location: Situated in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong Island, four minutes' walk from Fortress Hill metro station.

Location: In the heart of the main business and entertainment district, a five-minute walk from Macau Ferry Terminal.

Vibe: No-frills, chic and non-smoking hotel offering 338 modern rooms. Morning light refreshments and 24-hour coffee and tea.

Vibe: Modern and sleek hotel rooms, ideal for couples and families looking for some peace and quiet.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Café • Lounge • Computer station • Luggage storage • Gym • Express check-in • Close to Fortress Hill metro station

Highlights: Private rooms and suites • Air con • In-room safe • Free tea and coffee • Lounge • Luggage storage • 24-hour fitness zone • 24-hour reception

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Location: This central location in Hong Kong makes a perfect retreat for sightseeing, close to a range of hot spots.

Location: Located in Hong Kong's Kwa Wan district, just a 15-minute drive from Ladies Market & Temple Street Night Market.

Vibe: Ultra modern, chic hotel with spacious, bright and airy rooms with block coloured features.

Vibe: Elegant, modern, spacious and light rooms with chic features.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Café • Lounge • Computer station • Luggage storage • Gym • Express check-in • Close to Fortress Hill metro station

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Rooms with city or sea views • Flatscreen TV • Slippers and free toiletries • Facilities for disabled guests • On-site shuttle service • Lift • 24-hour reception

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Location: Situated right in the heart of Kowloon, just seven minutes' walk from the Olympic MTR station.

Location: Within the entertainment district, a short stroll from neon-lit Nathan Street and Ladies' markets.

Vibe: Modern, contemporary hotel with a range of rooms and suites. All come with free use of smartphones!

Vibe: Stylish, eco-friendly hotel with gourmet buffets, full-size basketball courts and more than 400 smart rooms.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Flatscreen TV • Restaurant • 24-hour Gym • 24-hour reception • Luggage storage • Free shuttle service

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Room service • 3 restaurants • Gym • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities • 24hour reception

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Location: In between the retail-crazy area of Causeway Bay and the modern office district of Quarry Bay.

Location: Settled on Kowloon's waterfront, just a five-minute walk from the indoor arena of Hong Kong Coliseum.

Vibe: Ultra-modern high-rise hotel sporting a live music lounge, an award-winning eatery and a 25m swimming pool.

Vibe: In-room kitchenettes, a lagoon pool and a free shuttle make these apartment-style rooms a super convenient option.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Air con • Outdoor pool (seasonal) • Chinese restaurant • Café • Deli • Lounge • Massage services • Gym • Free shuttle service

Highlights: 2-bedrooom apartments • Kitchenettes • Air con • In-room safe • Satellite TV • Microwave • Outdoor pool • Café • Sauna • Steam room • Gym • 24-hour reception

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Location: Next to Ladies' Market in vibrant Kowloon, a neighbourhood dedicated to bargain shopping and entertainment.

Location: In the ancient heart of Wan Chai, and an eight-minutes walk from the Causeway Bay MTR Station.

Vibe: Comfortable and convenient hotel offering a free shuttle service to the sights of Hong Kong.

Vibe: Formerly the Cosmopolitan Hotel, expect modern and playful, yet comfy design at this recently-renovated hotel.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Free use of handy smartphone (T&Cs apply) • In-room safe • Bar • Café • Lounge • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle service to major transport links

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Free smartphone during stay • Cocktail bar • Restaurant • Gym • 24-hour reception • Free shuttle service to 14 destinations

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Location: Located near Mongkok and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and minutes from Hung Hom Railway Station.

Location: Just a few steps from Whampoa MTR station and eight minutes away from downtown Tsim Sha Tsui.

Vibe: This hotel boasts 704 modern guestrooms, international cuisine, a fitness centre and a large outdoor swimming pool.

Vibe: A private, five-star waterside retreat with spacious rooms and suites and award-winning restaurants.

Highlights: Private/Quadruple/Triple rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Handy Phone • Outdoor pool • Café • Restaurant • Free Shuttle Bus • Gym • Massage service • Sauna • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Poolside bar • 6 restaurants • Spa and treatment services • Sauna • 24-hour gym

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Location: Situated in North Point on Hong Kong Island, and just a two-minute walk away from North Point MTR Station.

Location: Luxury elegant hotel located in Causeway Bay, only a four-minute walk from Hong Kong Causeway Bay Station.

Vibe: Enjoy luxury, elegant guest rooms and suites with incredible panoramic views of the harbour.

Vibe: Relax in the hotel's private soundproofed roams and take an indulgent bathtub soak in the modern bathrooms.

Highlights: Private rooms • Suites • Air con • In-room safe • Outdoor swimming pool • Gym • Bar • Snack bar • Luggage storage • Laundry facilities • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • 2 coffee shops/cafés • 2 restaurants • Outdoor pool • Laundry facilities • 24-hour business centre • Meeting rooms • Concierge services

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$643

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Location: In Kowloon, close to the harbour. The Hung Hom MTR station is just a couple of minutes' walk away. Vibe: Elegant and modern hotel with awesome views of Victoria Harbour. Make the most of the four restaurants, bar and spa. Highlights: Private rooms • Suite upgrades available • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Outdoor pool • Bar • 4 restaurants • Spa • Gym • Live music events • Free shuttle to Tsim Sha Tsui district STAY 4 PAY 3: 01APR19-30SEP19, 05OCT19-29DEC19, 02JAN20-24JAN20 & 30JAN20-31MAR20; EARLYBIRD OFFER: 15% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK 30+ DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR TRAVEL 01APR1930SEP19, 05OCT19-29DEC19, 02JAN20-24JAN20 & 30JAN20-31MAR20; HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE

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Time Magazine have hailed the Dragon's Back to be Asia's best urban hike, and for good reason! Experience diverse terrain on this trail, which starts at the iconic Hong Kong tram. Wander along what was formerly the waterfront of Hong Kong Island, walk through Shau Kei Wan wet market and soak up exotic vegetation including bamboo groves and lush woodland. In your spare time, hit the sights of Hong Kong, hit a rooftop bar and guzzle dim sum. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3 nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Transfers included Note: Remember to bring water and sun cream. Please reconfirm booking 5 days before departure Tour Code: HKGDRB

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They LOVE a festival here and any excuse is a good one. Expect anything from a lantern to a cherry blossom festival.

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BEST OF SOUTH KOREA 8 DAYS, Seoul

$2,939

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Day 1-2 Seoul Arrive into South Korea's buzzing capital at any time and get ready to explore the vibes of this sprawling metropolis. From night markets and temples to palaces and skyscrapers, one thing's for sure, you won't be bored! For panoramic views over this hub, head up the N Seoul Tower, fill your backpacks to the brim in one of the stylish shopping malls and visit the World Heritage Site of the precious Jongmyo, dedicated to house the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit many of the sights, including the Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of Seoul's grandest archaeological splendours. (B)

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Accommodation: Standard hotels (6 nts) multi-share temple (1 nt) Transport: Private van, train, subway Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220 - 290 for meals not included

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On Day 3, you'll be taken to the eye-opener of the trip, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the border of North and South Korea. The DMZ is a whopping 160 miles long, and attracts over 1.2 million travellers annually, according to the Korea Tourism Organization. With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War as the world's last Cold War border. (B)

Day 4 Gyeongju Arrive to the coastal city of Gyeongju. Known as 'The Museum Without Walls', it holds countless tombs and temples which will wow any culture vultures keen to discover its historic charm. Wander the famous UNESCO sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour of the city. Tuck into a delicious steamed octopus, wander the walled, tomb-filled Tumuli Park and top up your history knowledge at the Gyeongju Museum. (B)

Day 5 Yangdon / Busan Today, you'll take a day trip to the 500-year-old UNESCO site of Yangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early Joseon Dynasty. Travel onwards to Busan and visit the magnificent Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. (B)

Gangnam District, Seoul

Day 6-7 Busan This morning, splash some cash at the fantastic Jagalchi fish market and Gujesijang market, then wander the grounds of Yongdusan Park taking in the towering Busan Tower. This evening, enjoy a unique experience overnighting in a local temple complex in comfortable single-sex lodgings known as 'ondo'. Then, board a train to Seoul on a high-speed train. (2B, D)

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Day 8 marks the last day of your trip, but do stay on if you just can't get rid of the travel bug! (B)

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Korea is coming into its own as a top travel destination, and on this eight-day trip you'll visit thriving Seoul, authentic folk villages, unique temples and sleep overnight in a temple. Learn all about the sombre history of North and South Korea and see the Demilitarised Zone separating the two.


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Japan is peppered with stunning temples and shrines with bold designs and bright colours. Kyoto alone has over 2,000!

Throw your manners out the window and forget everything your nan taught you. In Japan, your noodles were meant to be slurped.

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snapshot Discover Japan's most iconic sites on this nine-day tour, from war-torn Hiroshima and buzzing Osaka to cultural Kyoto and hectic Tokyo. Plus enjoy Japan's calmer side at a serene mountain monastery and an open-air onsen... oh, and let's not forget the weird and wonderful food!

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Continue by bullet train to Hiroshima. This modern city offers a more manageable scale and pace than other Japanese urban centres, but will forever be marked for the 1945 atomic bomb explosion. Since, it's become a peace-promoting place, working towards the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished. Pause for a moment's reflection at the ruined frame of the Gembaku Dome, which stood directly under the explosion, and learn the city's story at the Peace Museum. Visit Miyajima Island, dotted with shrines, temples and home to the 'floating' Torii Gate, one of Japan's most photographed sights. (B)

Day 5-6 Kyoto Kyoto - the former Imperial capital - is an essential part of any visit to Japan, housing age-old temples, palaces and gardens. See the beautiful Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the impressive Nijo Castle and its gardens. Catch a traditional tea ceremony and meditate in Daisen-in's Zen rock garden. Spend evenings in historic Gion, the traditional home of the geisha girls. If you've ever wanted to try on the full gear, this is the place!

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Arrive into Osaka, arm yourself with a map and an appetite, and head out to explore Japan's culinary capital - we recommend the takoyaki (octopus balls). Day 2, take a scenic train through the mountains towards Koyasan, an important religious centre in Japanese Buddhism. Explore temples and atmospheric cemeteries and bed down in a shukubo, a monastery lodging atop Mt. Koya and run by monks. Savour a meal of 'shojin ryori', Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and watch the monks pray in the morning. (B, D)

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• Be charmed by Kyoto's age-old customs • Stay in authentic lodgings in Hakone • Free time to take on Tokyo

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• Overnight in a mountaintop temple • Dine on traditional Buddhist cuisine • Visit the regenerated city of Hiroshima

Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), mountain monastery with shared facilities (1 nt), traditional inn with shared facilities (1 nt) Transport: Bullet train, public bus, tram, ferry Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $390-510 for meals not included

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Head for the hills today up on a cable car on Mt Owakudani for impressive views of Mt Fuji. Then, hop aboard a boat on Lake Ashino-ko, and take a scenic walk along the Old Tokaido Highway. Tonight you'll be bedding down in a traditional ryokan accommodation. Spend your evening guzzling on a multi-course Japanese kaiseki meal before totally unwinding with a soak in the natural hot springs. Once your skin is suitably wrinkled, turn in for your night's sleep on a traditional futon. (D)

Day 8-9 Tokyo Return to Tokyo with free time for shopping and for one final night out with the group. The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 9, but don't forget Tokyo is the biggest city on the planet, so we strongly recommend extending your stay for another two or three days. You'll need it to even scratch the surface! (B)

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Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• See the neon lights of Toyko • Old breweries in Takayama • Delicious local cuisine

• Explore the temples of Kyoto • Japanese bath experience • Plenty of free time

Xxxxxxxxxxx Arrive at any time in the electric wonderland of Tokyo. On Day 2, opt to mingle with fashion forward teenagers in Harajuku, take refuge from the hum of city life in Yoyogi Park and get your temple fix at Asakusa Shrine. Choose to cross the bustling and chaotic Shibuya Crossing, known to be one of the busiest intersections worldwide (well, rumoured to be at least. It's pretty damn busy). At night be sure to make the most of the city's famed foodie culture and pull up a stool at a sushi bar, or get a wallet-friendly bowl of steaming hot noodles.

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• Tour around trendy Tokyo • Traditional Japanese bath • Discover war-torn Hiroshima

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Jump on a bullet train to Japan's imperial capital and spend the rest of the trip getting to know this historical corner of the island. You can opt to participate in a traditional tea ceremony, hang out in geisha-filled gardens, learn the ancient art of calligraphy, visit the golden temple of Kinkaku-ji, or simply chill out by the river in one of Kyoto's many bars. With over 1600 Buddhist temples and more than 400 Shinto shrines, this is the place to get spiritual. On Day 5, the day is completely yours to spend at leisure. Choose to take a calligraphy class, take part in a tea ceremony and enjoy one final night out with your newfound traveller friends. Day 6 marks your last day, but stay on if you can't get enough of magical Japan.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Age Group: 18-39 Accommodation: Hostel (4 nts), traditional inn (1 nt) Transport: Bullet train, bus Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $280-365 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAAJTK

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Today we travel to the picturesque mountain town of Takayama. Wander the quaint streets of the Sanmachi Suji historic district, lined with wooden merchants' houses and sake breweries that date back to the Edo Period. In the evening, kick back and relax in a ryokan (an ancient form of hotel) complete with tatami floors and an onsen bath, a traditional public bathing spot.

• Temples galore in Kyoto • See stunning Osaka Castle • Wander Takayama's old lanes

Day 1-2 Tokyo Arrive to Tokyo at any time and rest up before an orientation walk the next day. Opt to check out the manicured Yoyogi Park, Asakusa Shrine, the quirky student hangout Harajuku and the electric Shibuya Crossing. Or, choose to check out this city's eclectic myriad of cafés. Tokyo is really home to the weird and wonderful. Expect vending machines on every corner selling anything from hamburgers to umbrellas. Osaka Castle, Osaka

Day 3-6 Takayama / Kyoto Leave the bright lights of the capital for traditional Takayama, a mountain town dating back to the 17th Century. Take an orientation walk of its laneways, lined with sake breweries and craft shops. That evening kick back in a traditional inn complete with tatami floors, Japanese futons and an onsen bath. Next morning you'll catch a train to Kyoto and spend the next few days discovering this ancient imperial capital. Opt to visit some of the region's spectacular temples, participate in a tea ceremony or take a calligraphy class. Spend your evenings relaxing by the riverside and checking out Kyoto's range of bars.

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Continue to Osaka, one of Japan's culinary capitals. Opt to tour a ramen museum, check out Osaka Castle, relax in one of Nakazakicho's artsy cafés, browse Umeda's shops, and make sure you have a sake-fuelled night out with the group. Your tour comes to an end on Day 11 where you can head home or choose to stay in epic Japan. There is so much to see that you couldn't possibly be done with it!

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Travel to Hiroshima and enjoy a sobering, included visit to the Peace Park and Museum to learn about the tragic history of this city. On Day 8, take a ferry to the sacred island of Miyajima to see the famous 'floating' Torii Gate.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Age Group: 18-39 Accommodation: Hostels (9 nts), traditional inn (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus, ferry Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $510-665 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAAJTO

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BACKROADS OF JAPAN 11 DAYS, Tokyo

$4,249

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Kyoto

Small Group Adventure

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• Experience bustling Tokyo • Zenkoji Temple visit • Marvel at Matsumoto Castle

• Learn Japanese craft • Shrine-hop through Kyoto • G for Good collection

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Jigokudani Monkey Park, Yamanouchi

Day 5-7 Otsu / Hagi

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• Kanazawa Castle visit • Hike up Mt. Fuji (Jun-Aug) • 14-day Japan Rail pass

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Explore Tottori's sand dunes, visit the local fish market, and choose to feast on a fresh seafood lunch before travelling on to Kyoto that evening. Spend the next day visiting the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, known for its marvellous 10,000 red torii gates and spend the afternoon at leisure before your trip ends on Day 11.

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Enjoy a goodbye breakfast and travel on to Miho-misumi by train, taking in scenic views en route. Roll up your sleeves and learn the art of making washi, a type of traditional Japanese paper before journeying on to the seaside town of Tottori. (B)

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Trip Style: Classic Age Group: Min 12 Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts), traditional multi-share inn (1 nt), multi-share homestay (1 nt) Transport: Bus, bullet train, local train, bicycle Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $500-650 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAJBR

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Next, you'll journey on to Otsu, located on the banks of Lake Biwa. This area is known for the Ogoto hot springs, so have a dip and relax in the healing waters of the onsen, and dine on traditional fare. The next morning you'll feast on a delicious breakfast before travelling on to quaint Hagi, a former castle town with feudal architecture. Spend Day 7 pedalling around Hagi, glimpsing at samurai architecture as you go. Bed down at a G for Good community homestay, and enjoy a dinner with your host family. This initiative helps families find meaningful work in their city, as well as helping you to understand more about local culture. (B, 2D)

• Hiroshima Peace Park • Included Kaiseki dinner • Ride the famous bullet train

Day 1-3 Tokyo / Kanazawa Meet your group in Tokyo on Day 1. Day 2, visit Kanazawa and step back in time with a stroll through the samurai and geisha districts, followed by the Ninja Temple, Kanazawa Castle and Kenroku-en garden.

Day 4-7 Takayama / Hiroshima Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Next up is Takayama. Explore beautiful landscapes, visit a traditional folk village and stop for a refreshing cup of sake at one of the local breweries. Spend the night in a traditional Japanese Inn. Continue to a city known the world over as the first victim of the atomic bomb. Hiroshima has since risen from the ashes as one of Japan's most laid-back cities. Visit the Peace Park, then head to Miyajima Island for a photo of the 'floating' Torii Gate.

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Enjoy Day 13 at leisure, and make the most of a full day in the Japanese capital. Wander amongst its cutting-edge skyscrapers, guzzle food in one of its many fantastic restaurants, head to the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa (Tokyo's oldest temple), and relax in one of the city's many parks and gardens. The 144-acre Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and 210,000-square metre Imperial Palace East garden are both most certainly worth going to for a city escape. Your trip will sadly come to an end after breakfast the following day, but do choose to stay on if you want to travel further afield!

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Marvel at Kyoto's Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion, take time out to enjoy the Nijo castle and gardens, and visit the Daisen-in's Zen rock garden. On Day 11, enjoy a multicourse Japanese kaiseki dinner and a visit to a local onsen. On Day 12, travel to Mt Fuji to explore the Five Lakes region on foot before returning to Tokyo. (3B, D)

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Day 8-13 Kyoto / Mt. Fuji Region / Kawaguchiko

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), traditional inns (3 nts) Transport: Bullet train, public bus, tram, ferry Meals: 3 breakfasts,1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $675-880 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAJDJ

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Welcome to Tokyo! Day 2, take a CEO-led walking tour of the eclectic city, making your way from Shinjuku to Shibuya via Yoyogi Park and the youth culture of Harajuku. On Day 3 head for alpine Nagano, the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Where do monkeys go to wash? Not the start of a bad joke, but a question with a genuine answer: Jigokudani Monkey Park! The natural hot springs are teeming with pampering snow monkeys, and well worth a peek. Explore Zenkoji Temple and take a day-trip to charming Matsumoto to see one of Japan's most treasured castles.


JAPAN UNRIVALLED 13 DAYS, Tokyo

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• Discover the Imperial Palace • View from Hakone Ropeway • Admire Kyoto's temples

• Delve into Hiroshima's past • See deer on Miyajima Island • Sleep at a typical ryokan

Xxxxxxxxxxx Among one of the most iconic cities in the entire world, Tokyo demands some time (and some getting used to!), so arrive early to make the most of it. At the start of your tour, arrive at Japan's capital on Day 1 and settle into your hotel before meeting your group this evening. The following morning, take a tour to the Imperial Palace, an ancient Buddhist temple, and soak up the vibes of quirky Harajuku. Spend the rest of your time in Tokyo exploring the Tsukiji Fish Markets and crawling around sushi bars. Next up, Hakone National Park's hot springs and a night at a traditional ryokan, where you'll sleep on tatami mats and dine like the locals. (3B, D)

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Japan Winter Wonder Plus 4 Day Ski (COJAPW) 13 Days, Fr $3,829

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Visit Kyoto's Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and the Gion district. On Day 10, check out the Fushimi Inari Shrine and its iconic torii path. Day 11, travel by train to Mt. Koya, where you will stay at a traditional guesthouse and enjoy a feast of Buddhist cuisine. Day 12, take part in a Buddhist service and a tour of Koyasan before departing to Osaka. Enjoy an optional last night out with dinner and karaoke! Your trip ends on Day 13. (5B, D)

Tokyo

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Day 9-13 Kyoto / Mount Koya / Osaka

Matsumoto Takayama

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3* hotels (10 nts), Japanese-style ryokan guesthouse (1 nt), Buddhist guesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Modern air con coach, bullet trains Meals:12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip Manager, local English-speaking guides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: COJAPN

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Today, visit the historic Matsumoto Castle (also known as Crow Castle due to its dark exterior) then make for rural Takayama. Day 6, take a tour of the town and morning markets. Next day, travel up to 320km/h aboard Japan's iconic bullet train to Hiroshima where you have free time to explore at your leisure. Day 8, ferry to Miyajima Island to visit the Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Museum. (4B)

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Day 5-8 Takayama / Hiroshima

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Osaka

Small Group Adventure

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• Visit the Robot Restaurant • Take a sushi masterclass • Bed down in a temple

• See Kyoto's Geisha district • Try Samurai martial arts • Street-food tasting in Osaka

Day 1-2 Tokyo Welcome to Tokyo, the land of neon lights! Get settled into in the scenic Asakusa area, and feast on Japanese cuisine. Day 2, kick start with a language and culture class before having a wander around fashion district Harajuku. Grab a bento box and venture into Yoyogi Park to gawp at the stunning Mei-ji Shrine. Meander the neonclad Akihabara with a survival map before heading to the Senso-ji Temple. (B, D) Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

Day 3-4 Tokyo / Hakone Head to the Tsukiji Fish Market for some otherworldly seafood. Roll the perfect sushi in a foodie class by a sushi master, and venture on to Shinjuku to gaze at Tokyo's skyline by night. Sample amazing food down Omoide Yokocho alley before feasting your eyes on the famous show at the wild Robot Restaurant. Round off admiring the famous Shibuya Pedestrian Crossing. The following day it's off to Hakone to explore the surrounding area by cable cars, rope ways and even a pirate ship. (2B, L, D)

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Day 7, see the Golden Pavillion surrounded by lakes, before a spot of templehopping, Samurai martial arts and meditation. On Day 8, visit the Kiyomizu dera temple and the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. Board a train to Arashiyama, wander through its bamboo forest, climb the steps to Monkey Mountain and board a private row boat to explore the valleys the local way. Day 9, hop on a train to Osaka, enjoy an included food tour and some karaoke! Day 10 marks your last day. (4B, D)

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Day 5, hop on a bullet train to UNESCO-listed Takayama and bed down in a Japanese temple. Head out that afternoon for a traditional sake tasting. The next day, enjoy a guided walk of Takayama's old town and village as well as a morning market tour on the banks of the Miyagawa River. After lunch, speed on to Kyoto by bullet train. That evening, meander the famous Gion district to see if you can spot any geishas. (B)

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Day 5-7 Takayama / Kyoto

Trip Style: Small Group Age Group: 18-39s exclusively Accommodation: Twin-share hostels (7 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), multi-share templestay (1 nt) Transport: Bullet train & scenic train Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Group Leader: English-speaking guide Group Size: Min 6, Max 16 Note: This trip also operates in reverse Tour Code: TYOOLJ

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JAPAN

Day 1-4 Tokyo / Hakone National Park

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JAPAN HIGHLIGHTS 8 DAYS, Tokyo

$2,079

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Tokyo

Independent Tour

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• Discover shrines in Kyoto • Catch the Bullet Train • Visit culinary Osaka

• Sightsee in Hiroshima • Start and end in Tokyo • Natural beauty in Hakone

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Touch down in Tokyo and board a train or shared shuttle to your accommodation. If you have time, explore Tokyo's food scene, parks, temples and quirky-themed restaurants before enjoying the evening at leisure. Depart early the following day to Hakone - the gateway to Mt. Fuji - and explore its surrounding national park. With your included transportation pass you'll be free to uncover Hakone. Choose to pass over hot springs on the Volcanic Owakudani Ropeway or journey over Ashinoko Lake on a pirate ship! If the weather's right, you may even catch sight of Mt. Fuji.

Day 3-4 Kyoto Speed over to Kyoto via bullet train, Japan's worthy cultural capital. Spend a free day choosing to explore some of the city's 2,000 shrines and temples. Enjoy a guided tour the following day to see Kyoto's top highlights, including Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyomizu-dera Temple on Mt. Otowa. Enjoy some further temple-hopping in the afternoon before an evening at leisure.

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Day 5-6 Kyoto / Hiroshima Enjoy a final morning at leisure in Kyoto before making your way to Hiroshima by bullet train. With a free morning on Day 6, your options include taking a ferry to Miyajima Island, measuring up the temples or just go around tasting local treats. Later, take part in a two-hour sightseeing tour on an open-air bus to see Hiroshima Castle, Jonan-dori Avenue, Heiwa-odori Boulevard and the Mazda Stadium. Pay a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum to learn about the city's tragic history.

Day 7-8 Osaka / Tokyo Leave Hiroshima on Day 7 and head to Osaka for some free time. Head to Tennoji - just south of the centre - to find Shitenno-ji, the city's most important temple, or measure up the city as one of Japan's food greats. To this end, look out for takoyaki, grilled octopus dumplings. Your trip ends in Tokyo the following day.

inclusions Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel or 3 or 4* hotel (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts (hotel option only) Transport: Bullet train, ferry, shuttle Includes: 7-Day Japan Rail Pass, 2-day Hakone Free Pass Note: Transfers between station and accommodation not included Tour Code: BETYOHIG

AUTHENTIC JAPAN GROUP ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Tokyo

$4,303

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Kyoto

Small Group Adventure

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• Tour the tiny bars of Tokyo • Snow monkeys in Nagano • Explore the Nara shrines

• Go geisha-spotting in Kyoto • Check out Matsumoto Castle • Taste sake at a brewery

Day 1-2 Tokyo Konnichiwa, and welcome to the iconic cityscape of Tokyo! Meet your group and tour leader, then head out for a bar-hopping tour of the capital's izakayas and sample some homegrown sashimi and sake. The following day, a city tour will get you acquainted with the bustling metropolis, which also happens to be the world's largest. Witness a traditional fire ceremony, visit the Meiji Shrine and mingle with the trendsetters of Harajuku. Tonight, take to the tiny pubs of Shinjuku for more food and drink, and a deeper taste of the region's flavours. (L, D)

Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

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Visit the historical Matsumoto Castle then continue to the small town of Takayama, where you'll spend the night in the serene surroundings of a local temple. Tour the farmer's market and taste sake at a local brewery. (2B)

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Day 5-6 Matsumoto / Takayama

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Any age Accommodation: Capsule hotel (3 nts), Hotel (1 nt), temple (2 nts), ryokan (3 nts) Transport: Bus, train Meals: 2 breakfasts,1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: English-speaking guide Group Size: Min 5 Tour Code: BETYOTUR

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Today, you're off to the geothermal landscapes of Hakone for a free day to explore. Board a pirate ship across Lake Ashi and glimpse Mt. Fuji before returning to Tokyo. In the morning, continue on to Nagano, around 200km north west of the capital and a significant spot for Buddhists due to the temple of Zenko-ji, home of a famous 6th-century image of Buddha. While you're here, pay a visit to the cute (and by now famous) snow monkeys in the hot springs of Nagano.

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Wind through the forested mountains towards Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. Go geisha-spotting as you wander the pretty streets, and visit grand Nijo Castle, the Golden Temple and UNESCO World Heritage zen gardens the next day. Discover the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine before a day trip to Nara on Day 9. Tour ancient temples and shrines, then take an express train to Osaka Airport on Day 10.

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THE DRAGON TRIP: TOKYO TO TOKYO 13 DAYS, Tokyo

$3,028

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Tokyo Small Group Adventure

snapshot From the new world fluorescence of Tokyo's brightly-lit high-rises to the old world charms of Kyoto's wooden houses, this trip takes you through the decades of Japanese life. You'll practise calligraphy, make sashimi with sushi masters, and sing karaoke with the world's most committed serenaders.

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Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: All ages Group Leader: Tour guide Group Size: Min 4, Max 23 Tour Code: TYODRG

inclusions Accommodation: Hostels (12 nts) Transport: Trains, public transport in cities Meals: Not included

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• See the geishas of Kyoto • See Hakone National Park's Mt. Fuji • Hike through bamboo forests and hills

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• Step into the world of J-Pop in Harajuku • Take a pirate ship out onto Lake Ashi • Try calligraphy and sushi-making

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Day 1-2 Tokyo After arriving in Japan's capital, gear yourself up for a frenetic two days in fashion-obsessed, technology-obsessed and karaoke-obsessed Tokyo. Everything about this city is brash, which somehow just adds to the excitement of it all. Meet your group and start out by reaching dizzying new heights in the flashy district of Shinjuku. Opt to visit a traditional bath house in Jyakotsuyu, and roll that rice with a sushi-making class in the evening (you might as well learn something while you're here). The next morning go for breakfast at the Tsukiji fish market, wander around endless rows of tuna. Lunch at a cosplay maid café (where costumed waitresses treat customers like masters) and take to the ramshackle boozers of the Golden Gai Bar district in the evening.

Day 3-5 Tokyo / Kamakura Strap on your nappies! Today you have the option to visit the sumo district to see the big guys train (at extra cost). Take a peek into the Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy a meal fit for sumos and then visit a samurai collection in the afternoon. That evening you can opt for a robot show or just head out to the neon clubs of Roppongi. In the morning, check out the Imperial Palace and quirky Harajuku before disappearing to Shibuya to see the imperial Meiji Shrine. Here you'll have the option to grab a tea in a cat café – it's a café with cats (clue's in the name) so definitely don't go if you have any feline allergies. Leave Tokyo the following day for Kamakura, a medieval capital full of shrines, karaoke boxes and sake-sipping spots. Here, there'll be a hiking activity and the option to go surfing.

Day 6-9 Hakone National Park / Kyoto Today, hope for a clear day to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji from the Hakone Ropeway as you make your way to a local onsen. Sample eggs cooked in a volcanic spring and cap off the day on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi (where else). After a quick look around Odawara Castle, jump on the train to Kyoto, once-capital of Japan. Here you'll go geisha-spotting and enjoy old world dining in Pontocho Alley. Day 8, take a rafting trip down the Hozugawa River towards Arashiyama bamboo forest and monkey park where you'll get cracking views of Kyoto. Then to the shrine of Fushimi, pay close attention to the pen work as that evening you'll test your skills in a calligraphy class.

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Day 10-13 Kyoto / Hiroshima / Osaka / Tokyo This morning takes you to the crowning feature of Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Set on a shimmering pond and surrounded by rock and pine, it's definitely one for the shutterbugs. Then back to the hills for a slice of mindful meditation at a local temple. Next up, the historical city of Hiroshima where you can step into the region's tragic past with a visit to the Peace Museum and the Itsukushima Shrine, on an island across the bay. The final stop is Osaka where there is no shortage of shopping arcades, malls and riverfront entertainment. Spend the final night with your group, and then it's back on the bullet train to Tokyo. JA PA N

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From mouthwatering street food stalls selling local delights to Michelin-starred restaurants; foodies are in absolute paradise here. But it's not just about the food. Find a robot-themed restaurant, tranquil parks among busy chaos, a vampire café, clone factory and parasitological museum all in wacky Tokyo. And, Osaka is home to a seven-storey, 24-hour entertainment complex, towering skyscrapers and top shopping ops. Udon even know.

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Location: Right in the heart of Tokyo, just an 8-minute walk from Shin-Okubo Station.

Location: In the heart of Asakusa, a minute away from Asakusa Temple and Station.

Location: Just a 5-minute walk from JR Kinshicho Station.

Vibe: A quiet retreat in an excellent location with no-frills traditional decor.

Vibe: A sociable hostel with a lounge and full kitchen facilities, ideal for backpackers.

Vibe: Clean & modern, stylish hotel with a bohemian feel.

Highlights: Single-sex dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Restaurant • Laundry • 24-hour front desk • Luggage storage

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Outdoor terrace • Personal lockers • Laundry • Lounge

Highlights: Private rooms • Flatscreen TV • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Gym • 24-hour reception

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Location: Just 5 minutes away from Sakaisuji Honmachi subway station.

Location: Located in Tennoji, a short 15-minute walk of two temples.

Location: Located right in the heart of Kyoto, seven minutes from the Gion area.

Vibe: Modern, chic design with sociable areas and fantastic facilities.

Vibe: Traditional Japanese-style rooms and decor.

Vibe: No-frills, functional & modern hostel equipped for all your needs.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • Flatscreen TV • Lockers • Bar • Restaurant • Library • Gym • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private dorms • Air con • Shared kitchen • Lounge • Outdoor foot bath • Laundry

Highlights: Mixed dorms • Private rooms • Air con • Shared kitchen • Shared lounge • Luggage storage • Laundry

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Independent Tour

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TOKYO WELCOME

$437

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3 DAYS

Greetings in Tokyo don't come better than this, with an arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel, a welcome activity to help you find your bearings, and all accommodation sorted. On Day 2, a Cityrama bus tour of Tokyo takes you to the Japanese Gardens of the Imperial Palace, the Gothic Meiji Shrine and its forested grounds, and the ancient Senso-ji Temple, as well as the Nakamise shopping street. Check out on Day 3 and step out on your own! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts) Included: Airport pick-up transfer, city tour, all entry fees as per itinerary Transport: Bus Tour Code: TYOWEL

MT. FUJI AND HAKONE

$1,099

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5 DAYS

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Kick off your day visiting Mt. Fuji 5th station. Then, enjoy a Japanese-style lunch at a local restaurant in Gotemba. After lunch, hop on a Hakone Sky Gondala for stunning views, and visit Owakudani Valley, a volcanic zone home to numerous steam vents and bubbling pools You'll round off with a Pirate Boat cruise, gliding across Lake Ashi. Opt to head back by coach to your hotel or take a bullet train to the station in Tokyo. Departs: Daily Meals: 1 lunch Transport: Coach or bullet train Note: Bring a jacket for Mt. Fuji 5th station Tour Code: TYOMFH

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LOCAL TOKYO ANIME MECCA

$214

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JAPAN SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES QUIRKY TOKYO!

$382

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4 DAYS

Touch base with the wackier, electric side of Tokyo. Stroll around Odaiba and see the newly-restored giant Gundam (an anime robot statue), along with Japan's very own replica of the Statue of Liberty. Dine at a robot restaurant, and shop to your heart's content in a Pokémon merchandise shop. Experience a maid café in bustling Akihabara, home to anime and electrical trinkets, and head to a VR Zone Shinjuku Theme Park for a unique kind of rush.

See all the weird and wonderful things Tokyo has to offer. Head to Kawaii Monster Café in Harajuku for cocktails surrounded by fluorescent animals and psychedelic colours. Meander this fashion district with a walk in Yoyogi Park and some zen time in the MeijiJingu Shrine, and head to a robot show in Shinjuku performed by neon-lit transformers (only in Japan). Spend free time in Shinjuku in a gaming arcade, or having a drink in the Golden Gai quarter.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: 3*, 4* or 5* hotel (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: Return transfers from/to airport, 1-day 4-ticket set to VR Zone Shinjuku Theme Park Tour Code: TYOANI

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared dorm in Tokyo House Inn, Single/Twin/ Double in Washington Shinjuku or Shiba Park Hotel (or similar) Meals: Not included Transport: Airport transfer on limousine bus Tour Code: TYOQRK

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JAPAN SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES TOKYO INTRO

$491

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4 DAYS

Get welcomed into Tokyo in style! Learn the fine art of sushimaking in a sushi class led by a master. Spend your free time in this frenetic city hitting some top sights, visiting the peaceful Toyokawa Inari Betsuin temple and shrine, and getting your foodie fix at the Isetan food hall near Shinjuku station. Hop on a bus tour to admire some of the city's top attractions including the Meiji Shrine, the National Diet Building & Imperial Palace Gardens. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Shared dorm in Tokyo House Inn, Single/Twin/ Double in Washington Shinjuku or Shiba Park Hotel (or similar) Meals: Not included Note: Airport transfer included Tour Code: TYOINT

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JAPAN SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES KYOTO NINJAS & GEISHAS EXPERIENCE

$509

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4 DAYS

Get stuck right in to Japanese culture in this immersive four-day tour. Witness some of Japan's most traditional art forms, including a Maiko (apprentice geisha) dance, a bunraku (puppet theatre) and ikebana (flower arranging), and spend free time meandering this Geisha District. Walk through Kyoto in a traditional kimono, and get dressed up in Ninja attire to learn all about the art of the Ninja, including swordsmanship and blowing darts! Departs: Daily Accommodation: Mixed dorm in hostel (2 nts), Palace Side Hotel (1 nt) Meals: Not included Includes: Gion corner show, Kyoto traditional dress experience, Ninja experience Tour Code: UKYKYO

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Bessho Onsen Yoga, Tokyo

Tokyo

$411

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Tokyo

2 DAYS

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• Totally unwind with yoga • Stay in a peaceful retreat

LOCAL OSAKA ZEN MEDITATION Osaka

$411

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Osaka

2 DAYS

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• Learn how to be mindful • Take a break from Tokyo

• Meditation experience • Taste Shojin Ryori cuisine

• Learn about Buddhist beliefs • Connect with local culture

Find your inner zen on this 2-day yoga retreat, with a peaceful shrine and Japanese garden in sight. Yoga is a fantastic way to reduce stress and become more mindful, and here, you'll be getting out your best warrior pose and having a go at some meditation! What's more, there's no need to have an equipment with you, just rock up in your comfiest gear and take a couple of deep breaths. In your spare time, stroll through the Besso hot spring town.

In this tour you'll be learning the art of meditation, a life skill that may come incredibly handy for future de-stressing and tips for living in the present. According to Buddhist beliefs, meditation is a means to improving the quality of both our own lives and other people's. In this tour you'll take part in an Otsutome service, and a Shakyo sultra experience to connect your mind and heart! Eat Shojin Ryori cuisine while here and try to find your inner peace.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Uematsuya Traditional Ryokan or similar (1 nt) Meals: Breakfast and Kaiseki meal included Transport: No transfers included Note: Experienced Yogi preferred Tour Code: TYONBO

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Wa-Qoo Shitaderamachi hotel or similar (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast & Shojin Ryori Cuisine included Transport: Not included Tour Code: OSAZEN

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Imperial Palace Gardens, Kyoto

A TASTE OF JAPAN Tokyo

$1,292

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Kyoto

7 DAYS

highlights

• See major Japanese temples • Admire impressive Mt. Fuji

• Kyoto Imperial Palace • Hakone National Park visit

See two of Japan's most exciting cities - Tokyo and Kyoto - as well as visiting the incredible Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park. Tokyo brings irresistible chaos - neon lights, themed restaurants and zen temples - while Kyoto impresses with sights including NikoCastle, Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Heian Jungu, Sansjusangendo Hall and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Round off in Fushimi for some temple-hopping and a traditional tea ceremony. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches Transport: Coach Note: Bring a jacket as temperatures can get very cold. Airport transfers not included Tour Code: TYOTOJ

JAPAN RAIL EXPERIENCE Tokyo

$2,472

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Osaka

• Experience bullet trains • Sushi-making class

10 or 14 DAYS

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• Opt to temple-hop in Kyoto • Kyoto dress experience

Designed to work perfectly with your JR train pass, making Japan exploring easy! Activate your pass to enjoy plenty of free time whizzing around Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. Learn the fine art of sushi-making, opt to go temple-hopping, feast on street food and wander Japan like a local. Explore bustling Tokyo (Shibuya Crossing is must-see) and visit its most iconic sights and get involved with an included Kyoto traditional dress experience. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (9 or 13 nts) Meals: Not included Transport: Airport transfers Note: Rail Pass not included Tour Code: TYOJR9/TYOJRE

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HAKUBA POWDER EXPERIENCE 8 or 15 DAYS, Tokyo Airport

$1,146

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Tokyo Airport Small Group Adventure

See a different side to Japan's bright lights, neon colours and top-of-the-range gadgets. Stray from the stupefying historical sights, captivating architecture and mysterious local people. Wind your way instead into the mountains for a taste of this country's incredible and largely unadulterated beauty.

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Japan is well-known for its on and off-piste activities so what better reason to take a detour into the hills? Staying in Hakuba, the beating heart of Japan's snow scene, take your pick of seven different mountain resorts to perfect your snow skills and choose your pick from 12 different mountains. And when you're not carving up those slopes, sample the local sushi, soak away your hangover in steaming hot springs or just kick back with a keg of Kirin lager. Your package includes transfers from Tokyo Narita airport to the resort and comfy cosy accommodation for the duration of your stay. The lodge is located only 200m from the Happo One ski lifts, a few minutes from the busiest pub in town and a short stroll from the many restaurants on offer. A shuttle bus stop is just next door for transfers to the many other ski resorts in the Hakuba Valley. Note: Ski season runs from early December to the end of March.

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Hakuba

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• Perfect for avid snow heads • See another side of Japan • Feast on local sushi

• All airport transfers included • Ski lift-adjacent hotel • Explore multiple ski resorts

Departs: Saturdays and Wednesdays (Dec-Mar) Departure point: Tokyo Narita airport terminal 2, international arrivals lounge Accommodation: Hakuba Gondola Hotel (7 or 14 nts) Meals: 7 or 14 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Coach, shuttle bus Includes: 5-day 9-Mountain lift pass, airport meet and greet, return transfers from Tokyo airport to Hakuba accommodation, optional central Tokyo drop off, shuttle bus to ski resorts, guide, entry fee for Matsumoto Castle Note: Ski hire not included Tour Code: TYOPOW (8 days)/TYOH14 (15 days) OPTIONAL EXTRAS (NOT INCLUDED) Deposit for lift pass chip, night skiing or boarding, traditional Japanese Onsen bathhouse, snow monkeys and Zenkoji Temple day tour

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MADARAO, NOZAWA & MYOKOGEN POWDER Tokyo

$1,046

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Tokyo

5 DAYS

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• Passes cover a range of runs • Hotel is close to the ski lifts

• Stunning snowy landscape • Perfect powder for skiing

Touch down in Narita Airport and transfer to your room in Madarao, just 400m from the ski resort. The next five days are yours to tear up the massive powder bowls of the Japanese Alps. The included Madarao and Tangram combined lift pass gives you access to everything from beginner runs to advanced tree skiing while nearby Myoko offers more terrain and fresh tracks. The package ends on Day 8 with a transfer to Iiyama train station. Departs: Sat & Wed (Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Hotel Madarao (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Includes: 5-day lift pass for Madarao & Tangram, Nozawa Onsen & Myoko Kogen, all transfers except for Myoko/Nozawa Note: Ski equipment hire & bullet train back to Tokyo are not included Tour Code: TYOMAD

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EXPLORE NAGANO Tokyo

$1,596

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Tokyo

11 DAYS

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• See bathing snow monkeys • Ski the bowls of Madarao

• Explore Hakuba's mountains • Fresh snow in Myoko

After transferring to your hotel from Narita, you'll have 5 days to strap on some skis and explore the 12 mountains of Hakuba Valley. Then there's a day tour to Zenkoji Temple and the snow monkeys of Nagano's hot springs (at extra cost). Finish with a few days skiing around Myoko, Madarao and Tangram. There are ski runs for all levels and lift passes to all three resorts are included. The tour ends after breakfast on Day 11. Departs: Sat & Wed (Dec-Mar) Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts) Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners Includes: 5-day Hakuba 9 Mountain/3-Day Powder Belt Pass Valid Madarao/Tangram, Nozawa & Myoko Lift Pass, transfers Note: Ski equipment hire and bullet train back to Tokyo not included Tour Code: TYONAG

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There is simply no better way to get around Japan than on the world-famous Shinkansen, or bullet trains, which whizz you effortlessly from the southern tip of Kyushu to the northern tip of Honshu at speeds of up to 300km/h. Not just fast, these wonderful trains are super-efficient, almost silent and depart so punctually you could set your watch to the exact second! A seven-day, 14-day or 21-day Japan Rail Pass can help international travellers save money on train fares. Want the good news? You’ll save even more if you buy one before you even set foot in the country. In real terms, you can buy a seven-day 'ordinary' pass for about the same price as a return ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto. And the even better news? These passes are valid for unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.

japan rail Valid on all trains operated by Japan Railways, including the Shinkansen bullet trains, JR Limited Express, JR Express, local trains in city/rural areas plus affiliated bus and ferry connections, for unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.

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3 consecutive days

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4 consecutive days

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Japan Rail West Pass (Kansai) is a cheaper option covering cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and other destinations in Kansai. It includes local, rapid and special rapid services, but supplements apply for the Shinkansen Express and Limited Express. It may not be used on the Shinkansen Super Express.

JAPAN SHIKOKU AREA

Travel Validity

2nd Class

1st Class ('Green')

7 consecutive days

Fr $379

Fr $506

14 consecutive days

Fr $604

Fr $818

Travel Validity

2nd Class

21 consecutive days

Fr $772

Fr $1,064

2 consecutive days

Fr $97

4 consecutive days

Fr $123

Japan Rail passes are only available to foreign travellers visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing purposes, travelling under the status of 'temporary visitor'. The voucher must be exchanged in Japan for the pass within 3 months of the issue date. At present, the pass does not include travel on the Nozomi-type Shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, nor the 'Mizuho' type trains, nor on the super-deluxe 'Gran Class' on the Hayabusa train which also runs on the Shinkansen lines.

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Japan Rail Shikoku Area covers the Shikoku island and includes cities such as Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Kochi and many more cities on the Shikoku island. It includes local and rapid services, Shikoku is not connected to the Shinkansen network. Some trains may incur a reservation fee which is not included in the price.

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DELHI TO KATHMANDU ON A SHOESTRING 15 DAYS, Delhi

$1,429

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Kathmandu Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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snapshot India's an incredible melting pot of cultures, landscapes and people and this budget adventure will ensure you see the best of it. You'll also uncover Nepal's hypnotic beauty, featuring snow-capped peaks, monasteries and Sherpa villages.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAAHDU

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Arrive in Delhi at any time, and awaken your senses in one of the most historic capitals in the world. Check out Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb. Later, visit India Gate and Connaught Place with the group. Next day, travel to the important pilgrimage town of Pushkar, see the weathered domes and milky-coloured temples and watch the daily activity from the sacred lakefront ghats. There's also the option of an afternoon camel ride. Day 3, start your visit with a morning hike up to the Savitri Temple. Opt to visit the Palace of the Winds and learn about the Hindu-Rajput and Islamic-Mughal architectural styles of the Amber Fort. Next day, take a guided tour of the Amber Fort before enjoying some free time. Maybe browse Jaipur's markets brimming with jewellery and textiles, or get really into the Indian way of life and catch a Bollywood movie.

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My Own Room Available: Fr $539

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• Look for tigers and rhinos in Chitwan • Marvel at Nepal's Himalayan views • Learn to make traditional Nepalese cuisine

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• Experience bustling Delhi and Jaipur • Visit the sacred town of Pushkar • Awe at the mesmerising Taj Mahal

Accommodation: Simple hotels or guesthouse (11 nts, twin-share), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nts) Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, rickshaw Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $355-465 for meals not included

Day 5-8 Agra / Varanasi Head to the Muslim city of Agra for Days 5 and 6, site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. As well as seeing this iconic piece of Mughal architecture, you'll embrace the palatial walled city of the Agra Fort. Next day, enjoy some free time before taking the overnight train to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage. Day 7, on arrival, you'll walk the narrow twisting alleys, opt to poke around some of the hundreds of shrines and temples or experience Ganges boat trips at sunrise and sunset. Day 8 is yours to further explore Varanasi's cultural and spiritual delights.

Day 9-11 Lumbini / Chitwan National Park Head for the Nepalese border on Day 9. Crossing at the border town of Bhairawan you'll continue on to the great Buddhist pilgrimage centre and the birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini. Next up on Days 10 and 11 is Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of marshy grasslands, savannahs and forests at the base of the Himalayas. This national park is the oldest in Nepal and is home to endangered Indian rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. Opt to explore this incredible national park by jeep safari or go on a cycling trip throughout the region. Whilst here, you'll be spending two nights at a local homestay with the indigenous Tharu people in Barauli. This homestay connects local people the benefits of tourism, giving them an income that they otherwise wouldn't receive.

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Day 12-15 Pokhara / Kathmandu

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Travel from the plains to the mountains to Pokhara, nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m. One of Pokhara's most stunning sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna Range. Next day, visit the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a non-profit project supporting justice and education programmes for victims of human trafficking. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) and make yourself a momo lunch (so tasty we could cry). Day 14, head through wild, rugged Himalayan landscape as you journey to Nepal's capital. Depart on Day 15 or opt for an Everest flight in the morning, if the weather permits (a post-night is recommended). (L)

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DELHI TO KATHMANDU ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Delhi

$1,899

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Kathmandu Small Group Adventure

snapshot A 15-day trip that contrasts the kaleidoscopic colours of India with the serenity of the Himalayas. Take yourself from the ghats of the sacred Ganges to a tiger-prone 4WD safari in Chitwan National Park.

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHDK

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• Experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi • Explore the markets of Rajasthan • Enjoy a cruise on the sacred Ganges

• Search for tigers and more in Chitwan • Awe at the imposing Himalayas • Learn to cook traditional Nepalese food

Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), homestay (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), deluxe air con tents (1 nt) Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, private van, auto-rickshaw, cyclerickshaw, tempo, riverboat, 4WD Meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $400-520 for meals not included

My Own Room Available: Fr $649

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Day 4-8 Agra / Orchha / Varanasi Day 4, travel to the Muslim city of Agra, home to India's most famous landmark, the iconic Taj Mahal. Visit this icon of Mughal architecture in the evening for the best light. Next day, travel by train and 'tempo' - a large type of auto-rickshaw - to the picturesque town of Orchha. You'll spend two days enjoying the peaceful rural charm of this riverside town, where you can opt for a cooking class and lunch with a local family. Leave by overnight train on the night of Day 6 to reach Varanasi. This quintessential Indian holy city will be your home for the next couple of nights. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, check out some of the thousands of temples and experience the rituals of bathing along the ghats. You'll also take to boats and head out onto the sacred Ganges River, both for sunrise and sunset.

Day 9-13 Lumbini / Chitwan National Park / Pokhara Day 9, cross into Nepal before continuing on to the great Buddhist pilgrimage centre and birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini. Next day, travel along the base of the Himalayas through marshy grasslands, savannahs and forests to Chitwan National Park before spending the evening in a homestay with the local indigneous Tharu community. This initiative is the first programme that has connected this Tharu village with tourism. The programme supplements community income, which comes mostly from agriculture. Proceeds have been able to support the community school, along with hygiene, sanitation and skill development training for residents. On Day 11, enjoy a 4WD safari through the park and hopefully spot tigers and rhinos (if you're lucky), then opt to take a cycling tour around town. Day 12, travel into the magnificent Himalayan mountains to Pokhara and out to Sarangkot for sunrise over the surrounding mountains. The next day, visit the G for Good Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization that trains survivors of human-trafficking to become certified paralegals. Meet some beneficiaries of the programme and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) with some of the women before enjoying an authentic local lunch. (L, D)

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Arrive at any time and enjoy an included transfer provided by the Women on Wheels G for Good project. This programme provides safe and reliable transport for travellers, while providing a dignified livelihood for women from a resource-poor community. Take an evening visit to the India Gate and Connaught Place, where shops, restaurants and bars abound. Tonight you can opt for a welcome dinner with your group. Day 2, travel to the Pink City of Jaipur and visit the famous and ostentatious Amber Fort. Enjoy some free time to explore the local villages within the region, then that evening, you can opt to groove along to the singing and dancing action of a Bollywood film in the Art Deco film house - The Raj Mandir. The next day, visit the 953-windowed Palace of the Winds.

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Day 14, drive through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal's magical capital city, stopping at the Monkey Temple of Swayambhunath en route. Finish on a high with an optional sightseeing flight to glimpse Mt. Everest, before your tour comes to an end on Day 15.

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UNCOVER INDIA - DELHI TO GOA 15 DAYS, Delhi

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Day 5-7 Tordi Sagar / Pushkar Day 5, dive into rural life and visit potters, cobblers and markets, opt to take a jeep safari to the dunes for sunset or head into the hills for a spot of hiking. There's also a chance to learn about henna painting and get a tattoo from local women. The next day, before leaving Tordi Sagar, enjoy a lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet. That afternoon, head to Pushkar, the site of the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation - Brahma. No Hindu pilgrimage is considered complete until the pilgrim bathes in the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake. On Day 7, climb the hilltop Savitri Temple to watch the sun rise over this holy place. Later, there's an optional dinner with entertainment in the dunes. During your free time here, relax with a traditional yoga session or indulge in some bargain hunting. Later on, opt to partake in a traditional dinner in the desert cooked by cameleers, with local entertainment included. (B, L, D)

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Arrive any time and feel free to explore. Slightly hectic but exceptionally invigorating, Delhi will set your imagination running wild in a fury of colour and commotion. Explore both Old and New Delhi, taking in the Grand Mosque and Connaught Place. That evening meet your travel crew and Tour Leader (CEO). Next day, travel via early morning train to the city of Agra. No visit to India is complete without a trip here to see the Taj Mahal, an icon of Mughal architecture. Ride a cycle rickshaw to visit the Lal Qila or Agra Fort; the Taj Mahal's less famous but no less impressive sister monument. Day 3, take a bus ride to Jaipur; the capital of Rajasthan. Clothed in pink stucco, wide-avenued Jaipur is one of the most important heritage cities in India. Opt to take a sunrise balloon ride over Jaipur (seasonal). The following day, enjoy an orientation walk around town and a guided tour of the cliff-top palace at Amber Fort. Alternatively, opt to immerse yourself into the local way of life with a trip to a Bollywood film. Word of advice; pack your dancing shoes!

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• Experience the capital of Delhi • Awe at the majestic Taj Mahal • Travel through colourful Rajasthan

Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Simple twin-share hotels or guesthouse (13 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, jeep, rickshaw, tuk tuk, taxi, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $340-445 for meals not included

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Day 8-15 Udaipur / Mumbai / Goa Day 8, Continue to Udaipur, India's most romantic city and famous worldwide for its breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. The most famous is the Lake Palace, where white marble buildings entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake - you can enjoy an optional visit here and an orientation walk in town. Day 11, take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Catch an overnight train to the exciting city of Mumbai. Take an orientation walk on arrival with your tour leader to check out the 'Gateway to India'. Opt to take a taxi tour around town, visit Elephant Island or tour the area where 'Slumdog Millionaire' was filmed. In the evening, visit one of Mumbai's top-notch restaurants and sample the nightlife. The morning of Day 13, hop on a short flight to the beach paradise of Goa. Relax on a beach, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, or wander around Old Goa a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The local cuisine is recognised throughout the world for its fiery punch and strong Portuguese influences - eat as much of it as you can! Your tour ends on Day 15.

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snapshot See the wonders of Rajasthan and Northern India, witnessing temples, palaces and beautiful landscapes, and interact with locals in truly unique places.

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Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAAHRH

iAccommodation: nclusions Simple hotels or guesthouse (15 nts, twin-share), sleeper trains (3 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, tuk tuk, small riverboat, camel, 4WD Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $435-565 for meals not included

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• Fall in love with the Taj Mahal • Sample traditional Indian village life • Check out the Pink City of Jaipur

Day 5-7 Jaisalmer / Jodhpur Next day, travel to Jaisalmer. Known as the Golden City, it stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert. Spend an enjoyable two days absorbing these legendary and exotic surroundings, wandering the maze of streets and checking out the mud fortress and walled townships. Day 7, travel to Jodhpur. Here, stark desert landscapes meet palaces, forts and temples, all enclosed within imposing city walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre. Overlooking it all stands the Meherangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Climb up and admire the incredible view of the city.

Day 8-13 Udaipur / Pushkar / Tordi Sagar / Jaipur Continue to Udaipur, famous for its breathtaking lakes and Raj palaces. Most famous is the Lake Palace, famous for its role in 007's 'Octopussy'. Day 10, take an orientation walk upon arrival in Pushkar, site of the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. On Day 11, dive into rural life with a traditional village tour. Visit potters, cobblers and markets, opt take a jeep safari to the dunes for sunset or head into the hills for a spot of hiking. Day 12, travel to the capital of Rajasthan, enjoying lunch at a village along the way. Clothed in pink, Jaipur is home to India's second most-visited site, the magnificent Palace of the Winds and the mighty Amber Fort. You'll have plenty to keep you busy! (B, L, D)

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Arrive into Delhi and dive straight into the heart of India's capital. Explore vibrant Old Delhi, visit Jama Masjid and climb the minaret for a bird's-eye view. The next day, take part in a G for Good walk led by rehabilitated street kids from the Salaam Baalak Trust's City Walk initiative. India has the highest concentration of street kids in the world, and this programme helps to support over 5,000 children, providing resources, food and job placements for them. Later on, board the overnight train to Bikaner. On Day 3, arrive into Bikaner and head out into the dunes on a unique mode of transport, the Indian camel. Ride past isolated villages and marvel at your guides' abilities to find their way across this empty landscape. Camp out under the stars with only the dunes and camels for company. The following morning, enjoy an optional sunrise viewing before transferring back to Bikaner for the night. (B, L, D)

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Day 14-20 Agra / Varanasi / Delhi Continue to the Muslim city of Agra, famous for the Taj Mahal. Visit this icon of Mughal architecture either in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light. The night of Day 15, journey to legendary Varanasi via sleeper train, where millions of Hindus travel to worship, to mourn or to die. Walk the narrow alleys, visit temples and shrines and experience sunset and sunrise rituals as you float past the famous ghats of the Ganges. On Day 18, take an overnight train back to Delhi, where you can enjoy exploring the hustle and bustle before ending your tour on Day 20. Wanting to stick around? We'd recommend a trip north to Rishikesh, a city famous for its yoga and meditation and a magnet for spiritual seekers.

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Day 6-12 Jaipur / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Udaipur In the morning, pay a visit to the beautiful Amber Fort, then see the residents at the nearby Monkey Temple. Feeling arty? Opt to try embroidery at the Creatis Studio, then later enjoy a food tour of the city with two locals. On Day 7, enjoy a private tour of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, then jump on an overnight train to Jaisalmer. The next day, head out into the Thar Desert on a camel safari, sleeping under the stars and watching the sun set over the dunes; this is real bucket list stuff! On Day 9, call by a local village on your way back to Jaisalmer, where you'll call by the namesake fort. Then, head to Jodhpur for cooking workshops, a guided walk and a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort. Catch the bus on Day 8 and take a walk through the city or head to the City Palace. Take a boat cruise around Lake Pichola then opt to eat at the famous lake restaurant. Pay a visit to Animal Aid, a local animal rescue centre, on Day 12 and opt to volunteer there. Looking to get more creative? Opt to take an art class or learn the art of sitar or Indian drums. Then it's on to the home of Bollywood itself, Mumbai, via overnight train.

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Day 1-5 Delhi / Varanasi / Agra / Jaipur Touch down in India's capital on Day 1 and take in the views of the city from your hostel rooftop. Then later that evening, hop aboard the sleeper train to the spiritual centre of Varanasi. On arrival, head to the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu Archaeological, one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. If you don't fancy that, take a walk around the city's old town, then set sail down the holy River Ganges on a tour of the city's historic Ghats. On Day 3, rise and shine at the crack of dawn for an unmissable sunrise boat tour, then later on, hop aboard a flight to Agra. That evening, opt to watch a traditional creative dance show at the Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre. On Day 4, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agra Fort on a rickshaw tour, then grab some awesome views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. Then on Day 5, it's time for the main event. Explore the Taj Mahal, then transfer to Jaipur, otherwise known as the 'Pink City'.

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Day 13-26 Mumbai / Goa / Hampi / Bangalore / Munnar / Kochi Arrive into Mumbai at around 2pm and opt to go on a pub crawl that evening and enjoy a tour of the city the next day. Visit the iconic Gate of Mumbai and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, then opt for a visit of the world's largest openair laundry and the communities of the Dharavi slum. Swap city life for the beach as you fly to Goa on Day 15 for three days of beach and relaxation time. This is the place to kick back and relax with a beer on the sand, but if you're looking for something a bit more active, there's plenty to do. Explore the Chapora Fort ruins or go kayaking on the nearby backwaters. On Day 18, grab the train to Hampi and take a walk through the city ruins to the nearby Sunset Point vantage spot. As the name suggests, it's the best place in town to watch the sunset from. Meet the temple's resident elephant on Day 19 and help wash it in the Tungabhadra River, then visit a local economic development organisation in the village of Anegundi. On Day 20, catch the night train to Bangalore, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the sprawling city. Travel to Munnar on Day 22, south India's largest tea-growing region, and your camping spot for the night. Finish up at the port city of Kochi for a tour of the backwaters and a Kathakali show.

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• Wander Delhi's busy streets • Awe at the Taj Mahal • Explore ancient temples

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Arrive at any time on Day 1 and experience an arrival transfer via the G-Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. This awesome initiative helps to train women from slum areas in the Delhi area to obtain their driver's licence and become certified chauffeurs. The next day, take a guided city walk with a young adult from the New Delhi Street Kids Project, then explore both Old and New Delhi. Days 3 and 4, discover the many delights of Jaipur, including the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort, then opt to watch a Bollywood film.

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RAJASTHAN ADVENTURE 15 DAYS, Delhi

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• Discover energetic cities • Uncover ancient forts • Photograph the Taj Mahal

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), tented camp (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, private vehicle, autorickshaw, camel cart, plane, riverboat Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $345450 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHEH

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On Day 9, get a taste for erotic art as you explore the famous statues of the Kama Sutra in Khajuraho. The next day, travel to rural Orccha and visit a unique paper-making plant en route. Explore the intriguing Orccha Palace complex while here and experience a traditional Puja ceremony, then board the overnight train to Varanasi, the oldest continually-inhabited city in Asia. Enjoy an orientation walk, spotting some of the sights. Later on, marvel at the ghats from the holy River Ganges as you enjoy a boat trip at both sunrise and sunset. Catch an afternoon flight back to Delhi Day 14 and end the trip on Day 15.

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Travel to the remote village of Dhula today and get a closer look at rural Rajasthani life during a cycling excursion, then chill out by the campfire under a starry sky. On Day 6, stop by the Abhaneri stepwells on your way to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal. See this magnificent building for yourself on Day 7 as well as the Agra Fort and 'Baby Taj'. Travel to Alipura by train Day 8 and stay in a heritage property. (B, D)

• Understand local village life • Soak up romantic Udaipur • Spot tigers in Ranthambore

Day 1-5 Delhi / Jodphur / Udaipur Arrive into Delhi and transfer with the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. This awesome initiative works with disadvantaged women from resourcepoor urban areas across India. to empower them to become professional commercial drivers. On Day 2, get a guided tour Old Delhi, Jama Masjid and Connaught Place courtesy of the Planeterra-supported Streetkids Project. Then jump on the night train to the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Check out its ancient markets and towering Meherangarh Fort, before travelling to Udaipur for a cultural show and visits to the City Palace and Jagdish Temple as well as ample free time.

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Day 12, visit ancient stepwells in Abhaneri en route to Agra. Rise early for sunrise at the magnificent Taj Mahal. Later on, hop onto one of the cycle rickshaws to visit the Red Fort. Travel back to Delhi on Day 14 and opt to continue to sightsee or browse for a bargain or two in the markets. Your tour comes to a close on Day 15. (2B, D)

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Day 6, travel to the village of Jojawar, which represents rural Rajasthan at its best, and then onto Pushkar on Day 7 - a city so sacred that no meat, alcohol or eggs are allowed! On Day 8, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple at sunrise before continuing on to Jaipur. Next day, visit the historic Amber Fort and stop for a photo opp at Hawa Mahal before enjoying free time to explore. On Day 10, leave the city behind you as you head into the wilds of Ranthambore National Park. Increase your chances of seeing a tiger on an included safari! (B, 2D)

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE 8 DAYS, Delhi

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• Wander Old and New Delhi • See the beautiful Taj Mahal • Admire Jaipur's architecture

• Experience local village life • Explore Fatehpur Sikri • Shop Delhi's frenetic markets

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Depart early morning to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. See the Hawa Mahal, a spectacular site also known as the Palace of the Winds, and enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. There's an optional chance to take in a Bollywood movie at the fabulously-designed cinema at Raj Mandir.

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), tented camp (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, taxis, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $195255 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHGT

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Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at first light to see this iconic site in its full glory. During your time here, you will also visit the magnificent Red Fort and see the Baby Taj. Next day, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the now-deserted former capital of the Mughals. In the afternoon, arrive into Dhula Village and get a glimpse of local life on a cycling excursion. Tonight, chill out by the campfire staring at the stars.

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NORTH INDIA HIGHLIGHTS 8 DAYS, Delhi

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• 'Streetkids' tour of Delhi • Visit the famous Taj Mahal • Jaipur's Palace of the Winds

• Learn about Indian society • Hindu prayer session • Rural village heritage stay

Day 1-3 Delhi / Agra Enjoy an included arrival transfer by Women in Wheels project. This awesome G for Good initiative provides technical, self-empowerment and self-development training to fully equip women to become self-sustaining professional drivers. Next morning, a young adult from the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project will take you around the city's backstreets, showing you all corners of inner city Delhi. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before driving to the walled city of Agra. Day 3 will be one to tick off the bucket-list, with visits to the Taj Mahal, the 'Baby Taj' and the Agra Fort. (2B)

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Trip Style: National Geographic Journeys Service Level: Upgraded Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (6 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt) Transport: Van, bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $190-250 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAHING Agra

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Step back in time on Day 6 as you make your way to the traditional rural village of Sawarda. A world away from the incessant noise and rickshaw jams of big cities, this is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a peaceful day among the villagers. Meet the town elders to learn about their daily lives, and join a local family in a Hindu prayer session before bedding down in a village heritage home. After a good night's sleep, you'll start weaving your way back to the hustle and bustle of Delhi on Day 7, departing the next day and continuing on your own journey. (3B, D)

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Rajasthan's capital city, Jaipur, is your destination on Day 4. On the way, call by the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, home to one of India's largest stepwells (tank gardens). Day 5, hit the highlights of Jaipur including Amber Fort and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Enjoy an exclusive talk with a local historian about the country's social fabric and customs, then opt to head out and sample some of the Pink City's tasty restaurants. (2B)

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Arrive in Delhi and enjoy your included airport transfer from the G Adventuressupported Women on Wheels project. On Day 2, dive into the heart of India's capital to explore Old Delhi on a tour led by a young adult taking part in the G for Good New Delhi Streetkids Project. Visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb its minaret for a bird's-eye view. Head to Agra that evening, home of the Taj Mahal.


ETERNAL INDIA 12 DAYS, Delhi

$3,199

FR

Goa

• Explore Delhi • Admire the Taj Mahal • Spot tigers in the wild

Exclusively For 18-35s

highlights

• Wind down in Udaipur • See Mumbai at dawn • Chill out on Goa's beaches

Arrive into India's capital at any time on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. Next day, enjoy a guided tour of the city which over 25 million people call home. Take in iconic sites including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque, then enjoy a free afternoon and evening to go wandering. Next day, hot foot it to one of the world's most famous monuments, the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. You'll get to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace and will also get to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Agra Fort. On Day 4, leave the cities behind you as you make for the famous forests of Ranthambore National Park. Stop on the way at the Dhonk Craft Centre cooperative. (3B, D)

Ranthambore National Park, India

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Delhi

Day 5-8 Ranthambore National Park / Jaipur / Udaipur Jaipur

Today you'll get the chance to go on a jeep safari in the park, famous for its tigers and wetlands wildlife. If that sounds like something you wouldn't want to miss out on, don't leave it up to chance - make sure you pre-book it. Next up, head for the colourful and chaotic city of Jaipur and enjoy a guided tour of the City Palace and vibrant bazaars on arrival. On Day 6, enjoy a day of exploring Jaipur at your own pace. Don't miss the opulent Amber Palace and the chance to cook with a local family this evening! The next morning, make for the charming colonial city of Udaipur, where you'll get the chance to see fantastical palaces and amazing architecture with a local guide. (4B, L)

Udaipur

Goa

Mar 20

Feb 20

Dec

Nov

$3,065

FR

Kochi

Exclusively for 18-35s

highlights

• Keralan backwater boat trip • Colourful temples in Chennai • Discover magical Madurai

Oct

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SOUTHERN SPICE 11 DAYS, Chennai

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Departures 2019/20

Mumbai

Jan 20

I N D I A

Feb

Hop aboard a flight today to the massive city of Mumbai, home of Bollywood. Get out and about with a local guide then opt for an authentic Bollywood dance class in the evening. Next morning, why not rise at dawn like the locals for a dawn city tour, then fly to chilled out Goa for a couple of days of sun, sand and sea by the beach. Crack open a cold one, or reconnect (where better to do it) with optional yoga on the beach. (4B)

Ranthambore N.P.

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts) Transport: Planes, private air con coach Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Group Leader: Trip Manager, Local Guides Group Size: Max 30 Note: Cooking demonstration, Amber Fort tour, safari, Bollywood dance class, Mumbai at dawn tour and beach yoga are all optional activities Tour Code: COINDI

Jan

Day 9-12 Mumbai / Goa

Agra

• Fresh fish in sleepy Kochi • Meet local silk weavers • Wander pretty Pondicherry

Day 1-3 Chennai / Pondicherry Meet your group in Chennai, a hub of South Indian arts and tradition. Explore the markets, temples and churches before journeying through Tamil Nadu to Pondicherry. Here you can opt for a heritage walking tour, stopping at a café run by local widows. (2B, L)

Day 4-5 Kumbakonam / Madurai

Chennai, India

Next up is the riverside settlement of Kumbakonam. Visit the homes of bronze casters and silk weavers before dressing in your finest saree or dhotti for a temple visit and included dinner. After breakfast you'll make for Madurai via a guided tour of Brihadeeswarah Temple in Tanjore. Madurai is the pride and soul of Tamil Nadu. Ride a rickshaw around its ancient streets, check out the palace of great pillars and catch a temple procession in the evening. (2B, L, D)

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Madurai

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Kochi

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Kumbakonam

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Pondicherry

Jun

Arriving in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, you'll board a traditional house boat for an overnight trip through the coconut forests to Kochi. Back on mainland you'll delve into Keralan delicacies and watch the sunset drop behind the market town's famous Chinese fishing nets. After one final free day here, your trip comes to an end on Day 11. (4B, L, D)

Chennai

May

Day 8-11 Kerala / Kochi

Kerala Backwaters

Apr

Today it's off to the 'land of coconuts', Kerala. Pull up by the elephant and tiger reserve of Periyar National Park where you can explore a spice plantation and watch an ancient style of martial arts. Next, safari down the river towards the lake region of Kumarakom. (2B, L)

Mar

Day 6-7 Periyar / Kumarakom

Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: Hotels (10 nts), houseboat (1 nt) Transport: Private air con coach, rickshaw, houseboat Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners Group Leader: Trip manager, local guides Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: COINSO

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INDIA

Day 1-4 Delhi / Agra / Ranthambore National Park

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BEST OF SOUTHERN INDIA 14 DAYS, Kochi

$1,549

FR

Kochi

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• See a Kathakali dance show • Look out for iconic wildlife • Wander a spice plantation

• Explore Shore Temple • Visit the Edakkal Caves • Glide Kerala's backwaters

Day 1-4 Kochi / Wayanad (Kalpetta)

Kalpetta, Wayanad

Day 5-8 Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary / Mysore / Mamallapuram

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Drive to Thekaddy for a tour of the spice plantations in the aptly-named Cardamom Hills. On Day 13, travel to Alleppey to board a boat along the backwaters to an authentic village homestay. Travel back to Cochin where the tour ends in the afternoon of Day 14. (B, L, 2D)

Departures 2019/20

Sep

Thekkady

My Own Room Available: Fr $829 Aug

Madurai

Jul

Kochi Allepey

Day 12-14 Thekkady / Kerala Backwaters / Kochi

Pondicherry Mudumalai N.P.

Jun

Wayanad

May

Day 9, continue to the former French territory of Pondicherry. Stroll the atmospheric boulevards of the French Quarter and learn about Sri Aurobindo Ghose at the ashram. Next day head to Madurai and, on Day 11, enjoy a cyclerickshaw tour of the town and the incredible Sri Meenakshi temple complex.

Apr

Chennai Mysore

Mar

Mahabalipuaram

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), multi-share homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train, private bus, cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-390 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHBS

Feb

Day 9-11 Pondicherry / Madurai

I N D I A

Jan

Spend the night at Mudumalai, one of the most important refuges for elephant and gaur (bison) in India. Look out for varied wildlife on a safari. Day 6, head to Mysore and explore the palace and prominent Chamundi Temple. Next day, take the afternoon train and bus to Mamallapuram and visit Shore Temple - dating from the 8th Century!

Additional dates are available. Please ask for details.

KERALA BEACHES & BACKWATERS 7 DAYS, Kochi

$749

FR

Kochi

Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

highlights

• Chill out in the backwaters • Stay in a local homestay • Kick back on quiet beaches

• Enjoy authentic cuisine • Tour bustling spice markets • Unwind with some yoga

Day 1-2 Kochi / Alleppey Arrive at any time and the day is yours to explore. There's plenty to do in Kochi, this seaside Indian city with its Portuguese and Dutch history, architecture and style. Wander to the impressive fort or watch the sun set as fishermen pull up their traditional Chinese nets. Day 2, enjoy an orientation walk of Fort Kochi and St. Francis Church before travelling to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. Experience local life with a homestay, and a guided walk along the peaceful lagoon. (L, D)

Varkala, India

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Day 3 Kollam Kollam is the southern gateway to the Keralan backwaters and you'll enjoy a half-day boat cruise to observe its unique ecosystem and hundreds of species of birds. Later, embark on an orientation walk of Kollam, a commercial centre with plenty of colonial history! (B, L)

I N D I A

Day 4-5 Varkala

Kochi

Visit the famous Neendakara Fishing Harbour before travelling to Varkala, a town known for its yoga, massage centres and awesome beaches. The quiet, isolated beach is perfect for relaxing, and you'll have time for an Ayurvedic massage and to visit the Varkala Temple.

Alleppey

Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels or hostels (5 nts, twin-share or multishare), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Bus, boat, taxi, tuk tuk Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $140-185 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHBB

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Travel from Varkala to Kochi, where there's free time to check out the Jewish Quarter and the spice market, or take in a Kathakali, a show of local martial arts. The tour ends in Kochi at any time on Day 7, and you are free to continue exploring this fascinating pocket of India or catch your onwards travel plans.

Kollam Varkala

Jan 20

My Own Room Available: Fr $379

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Arrive into colourful Cochin where churches, mosques and synagogues bear witness to its chequered history as a spice trading centre. Enjoy an orientation walk and a typical Kathakali dance show. On Day 3, catch the morning train to Kozhikode, followed by a scenic drive to Kerala's Wayanad region, where the rolling hills are covered in rainforests and tea, coffee and rubber plantations. Enjoy a nature trail at a wildlife sanctuary, meet local kids and visit the Eddakal prehistoric caves.


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SAFARI, TAJ & TEA 82 DAYS, Kathmandu

$11,660

FR

Kathmandu Overland Group Adventure

snapshot Starting and ending in Kathmandu, this circuit of India takes you into almost every corner of this mesmerising country. Take in the colours of Rajasthan, the backwaters of Kerala, Chitwan's tigers and rhinos, the buzz of Mumbai and Kolkata and try beachside yoga in Goa.

INDIA

Trip Style: Overland Group Adventure Group Leader: 2 crew, local guides Group Size: Max 22, Avg 16 Tour Code: DRWHT

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Departures 2019/20 Feb

• Stay four days with indigenous people • Relax on the golden sands of Goa • Visit palaces, temples & bustling markets

Jan

highlights

• Look for tigers in Chitwan National Park • View the Taj Mahal & float on the Ganges • Camel safari and camp under the stars

Jan 20

Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses and homestays (90%), campsites and wild camping (10%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, tuk tuk, boat, canoe, camel, train Meals: All meals while camping, most breakfasts at hotels and homestays Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $2,630

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Day 1-13 Kathmandu / Chitwan National Park / Gorokphur / Varanasi / Khajuraho / Agra / Fatephur Sikri / Jaipur After exploring Kathmandu, head to Chitwan National Park for your chance to see tigers and rhinos. Then cross over from Nepal into India on Day 4 at Gorokphur. Take a boat trip down the Ganges to watch thousands bathe, before heading on to the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, and Jaipur's palaces.

Day 14-32 Delhi / Bikaner / Jaisalmer / Jodhpur / Udaipur / Mandu / Ellora / Mumbai Tour Old Delhi's spice markets. Then on to Jaisalmer for a camel safari into the Thar Desert. Camp out under the stars before continuing on to your homestay in Jodhpur via the Sambhali Trust charity. After romantic Udaipur, go wild camping, visit hilltop forts and temple caves. Brace yourself for the Bollywood bustle of Mumbai.

Day 33-44 Goa / Hampi / Mysore / Wayanad / Kochi To the golden sands of Goa. Then to Hampi and the palatial city of Mysore. Next head up into the hills for hiking, waterfall paddling and caving. Keep travelling south to the historic streets of Fort Kochi.

Day 45-52 Alleppey / Varkala / Kanywakumari / Madurai / Pondicherry / Mahabalipuram Houseboat cruise the Keralan backwaters then head to Varkala for three nights of beachside bliss. Then it's to the southernmost point of India before driving north via colonial towns and ancient pagodas.

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Northern India & Nepal (24 days, Kathmandu - Delhi) (DRWND)  Fr $3,637 (Includes local kitty)

Day 53-71 Chennai / Tirupati / Vijayawada / Visakhapatnam / Odisha Tribal Area / Puri / Kolkata / Siliguri / Darjeeling Drive to the longest urban beach in the world in Chennai, then journey overland via temple towns to small cities in Andhra Pradesh for overnight stays in local hotels. Spend four days amongst indigenous people, local markets and tribal villages, before heading for Puri's lakes, lagoons and temples. Next to Kolkata before overnighting on the train to the famous tea-producing region of Darjeeling.

Day 72-82 Karmi Farm / Gangtok / Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve / Bhaktapur / Khatauti Khola / Kathmandu After Karmi Farm walks, you'll head to the hills of Gangtok for stunning scenery and majestic monasteries. Then it's back into the Himalayan foothills before travelling back through Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve towards Kathmandu. There'll be a short stop at an eco adventure camp for adventure activities along the way!

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Khatauti Khola

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Ellora

Puri Vishakhapatnam

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Tirupati

Mysore Wayanad Kochi Alleppey Varkala

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Hampi

Chennai Mahalbalipuram Pondicherry

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Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Khajuraho, India

Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Kathmandu

$2,326

Delhi

Incl. local kitty

16 DAYS

highlights

• Tour Chitwan National Park • Sail the holy River Ganges

KATHMANDU TO MUMBAI Kathmandu

$4,348

FR

Mumbai

Incl. local kitty

31 DAYS

highlights

• Snap away at the Taj Mahal • Camp under the stars

• Wild camp in rural India • Boat trip down the Ganges

• Explore bustling Kathmandu • Camel safari in the desert

Leave Nepal's capital and head to Chitwan National Park for a chance to see rhinos, tigers and more. Cross into India on Day 4 for a boat ride down the Ganges where you can see thousands bathing in the ghats at sunrise. Continue on Day 7 to Khajuraho and visit temples and camp under the stars. See the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra on Days 10 and 11, then head to Jaipur to marvel at palaces, gardens and temples. Then, it's back to Delhi.

Depart Kathmandu and hit Chitwan National Park for a chance to see boars, rhinos and maybe tigers. Cross into India and check out some Khajuraho's temples, take a boat trip down the Ganges and call by the Taj Mahal. Next up, visit the palaces of Jaipur, explore Old Delhi and take a camel safari in the desert. Days 2125, support a women's charitable project and discover colourful Rajasthan. End up with wild camping then finish in Mumbai.

Departs: 13Jan19, 03Feb19, 08Sep19, 06Oct19, 27Oct19, 15Dec19, 12Jan20, 02Feb20 Accommodation: Hotels (80%), camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, tuk tuk, boat Meals: All meals while camping, most breakfasts at hotels Local Payment (Kitty): Approx USD $500 Tour Code: DRWHI

Departs: 13Jan19, 03Feb19, 08Sep19, 06Oct19, 15Dec19, 12Jan20, 02Feb20 Accommodation: Hotels & homestays (80%), camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, private bus, tuk tuk, boat, camel Meals: All meals while camping, most breakfasts Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $900 Tour Code: DRWHM

Overland Group Adventure

Overland Group Adventure

Overland truck, India

Kathmandu, Nepal

MUMBAI TO CHENNAI Mumbai

$3,004

FR

Chennai

Incl. local kitty

24 DAYS

highlights

• Cruise Keralan backwaters • Enjoy mind-bending Mumbai

• Relax on Goa's beaches • Visit Hampi and Mysore

KOLKATA TO KATHMANDU Kolkata

$2,457

FR

Kathmandu

Incl. local kitty

16 DAYS

highlights

• Tea plantations in Darjeeling • Discover colourful Kolkata

• Spot wildlife in Koshi • Explore Kathmandu

Explore Mumbai then head to Goa's beaches for chill out time. On Days 7 to 12, tour the historical ruins of Hampi, the palaces of Mysore and scenic trails and tea plantations around Wayanad. On Days 13 to 18, head to Kochi to watch famous Kathakali dancers, take an overnight houseboat cruise through tranquil Keralan backwaters and relax on Varkala's beach. Continue to ancient city Mahabalipuram then relax on the world's longest urban beach.

Lose yourself in Kolkata, catch an overnight train to Siliguri and visit the plantations, monasteries and pagodas of Darjeeling. Overnight at Karmi Farm, then hike through local villages and visit Gangtok's ancient monasteries. Cross into Nepal at Barhara, then camp in the Himalayan foothills. Head off into Koshi to look for wildife, then continue the adventure hiking, rafting and cycling at an eco adventure camp. End in Kathmandu.

Departs: 08Jan19, 12Feb19, 05Mar19, 08Oct19, 05Nov19, 26Nov19, 14Jan20, 11Feb20, 03Mar20 Accommodation: Hotels, guesthouses and homestays (100%) Transport: Overland truck, boat, train Meals: Most breakfasts Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $570 Tour Code: DRSMC

Departs: 09Jan19, 13Feb19, 10Apr19, 13Nov19, 11Dec19, 01Jan20, 19Feb20 Accommodation: Hotels & homestays (80%), camping (20%) Transport: Overland truck, 4WD, canoe, train Meals: All meals while camping, most breakfasts at hotels and homestays Local Payment (Kitty): Approx. USD $530 Tour Code: DRZAK

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India by Rail

RAILWAYS - THE LIFELINE OF INDIA Witness contrasts of extremes living side by side on these truly incredible journeys through India. Choose from five individual trips or combine them together to create your own unforgettable journey into the heart of this diverse and colourful country. Special offer applies on all India By Rail adventures.

NORTHERN INDIA 9 DAYS 

FR $969

Delhi Delhi Dive into the heart of India. Experience India-Pakistan's Wagah border ceremony, get in touch with India's spiritual side in Dharamsala and ride a toy train in Shimla.  GAAHNR

DHARAMSALA AMRITSAR

DELHI

SOUTHERN INDIA & EAST COAST 14 DAYS  FR $1,649

Kochi Kolkata Live like a local in Kerala and explore palaces and coastal villages on your journey from the far south of Kochi up the east coast towards bustling Kolkata.  GAAHER

NORTH EAST INDIA & DARJEELING 13 DAYS

FR $1,499

DARJEELING

LUCKNOW BUNDI

KALIMPONG SILIGURI

VARANASI

UDAIPUR

KOLKATA

PURI

MUMBAI HYDERABAD

GOA

HAMPI

MADIKERI

Kolkata Delhi Head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling using vans and local trains (including the famous toy train) experiencing authentic India along the way. GAAHDR

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SOUTHERN INDIA & KARNATAKA 10 DAYS  FR $1,199

Goa Kochi Travel from Goa to Kochi via Karnataka and see the breathtaking ruins of Hampi. Explore opulent palaces and beautiful gardens in Mysore and Bangalore. GAAHKR

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MYSORE

KOCHI ALLEPPEY

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WEST COAST INDIA & RAJASTHAN 12 DAYS 

FR $1,399

Delhi Goa Travel like a local and explore India's enticing western coast. Experience the magical Taj Mahal, visit the colourful Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and relax on the beaches of Goa.

highlights

• Marvel at the epic Taj Mahal • Visit the vast and opulent Amber Fort • Chill by the lakeside in Udaipur

• Explore Bundi's stunning fort • Wander through Mumbai's streets • G for Good collection

Trip Style: Rail Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHWR

Inclusions

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Trains (seats/beds), private vans, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $275-360 for meals

My Own Room Available: Fr $679

Departures 2019 Day 1-2 Delhi / Agra Arrive into Delhi at any time and enjoy a guided visit to the G for Good Women on Wheels project, a programme that trains women - often marginalised and underserved in India - to obtain their drivers license and become certified chauffeurs, both to help them become financially independent and to provide safe transport for women in general. On Day 2, board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra, fuelling up for the day's events with breakfast on board. Take a guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and, time permitting, visit the so-called Baby Taj. (B)

Day 3-4 Agra / Jaipur Chill out in Agra on Day 3 and do as you please. That evening, hop aboard the express train to the great Pink City of Jaipur. The next day, dive straight in with a guided orientation walk around town. Visit the Hawa Mahal (also known as the Palace of the Winds), discover the stories of kings and emperors at the Amber Fort and opt to pay a visit to the City Palace. With free time on Day 4, choose to meet local artisans in a nearby village, wander through the Jantar Mantar, a collection of astronomical instruments, or catch a Bollywood film in the Art Deco film house. The next day, enjoy a day at leisure then later that evening, jump aboard an overnight train to Udaipur.

Day 5-6 Udaipur On arrival to the romantic city of Udaipur, you'll enjoy an orientation walk around the Jagdish Temple and City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. That evening, make sure you pay a visit to one of the city's famous rooftop restaurants. The views from the top of the famous Lake Palace are pretty Instagram-worthy! With free time on Day 7, chill by one of the beautiful, peaceful lakes or watch a Rajasthani cultural show on the Gangaur Ghat.

Day 7-8 Bundi Take a train to Bundi on Day 8 and explore the forts, palaces and stepwell reservoirs (also known as baoris) on arrival. Few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of centuries past. Continue to explore on Day 9 then enjoy a tasty dinner on your night train to Mumbai's mad metropolis, a city which almost 20 million people call home. (D)

Day 9-12 Mumbai / Goa Today, plunge straight into Mumbai. Take a walking tour of the Colaba area and grab a photo at the iconic Gateway of India. On Day 11, catch a flight to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, where you'll finish your tour. Pearly sands, aqua seas, historic monuments, relaxed beach bars and colourful Portuguese architecture await! After you're rested and recuperated, head back home or continue with your Indian adventure on Day 12.

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Combine These Rail Journeys NORTHERN INDIA & RAJASTHAN TO GOA 20 days GAAHRR DELHI TO KOCHI 21 days GAAHLR KOLKATA TO GOA 24 days GAAHGR

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KOLKATA TO KOCHI 33 days GAAHHR

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ULTIMATE INDIA 46 days GAAHFR

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE BY TRAIN 5 DAYS, Delhi

$1,026

FR

Delhi Independent Tour

highlights

INDIA

• Spend sunset at the Taj Mahal • Sightsee around the capital Delhi • Grab souvenirs at Chandni Chowk

• Explore the Palace of the Winds • Wander around the Amber Fort • Travel by train throughout

Do the Golden Triangle right with this five-day trip, taking you from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur and back again, all by train. After you've touched down in Delhi on Day 1, meet your guide and get transferred to your accommodation. Opt to get out and explore or chill out and get ready for the next few days. On Day 2, enjoy a full day of sightseeing, taking in famous sites such as India Gate, Humayun's Tomb and the mighty Red Fort. Later on, get your bargaining hat on at the famous Chandni Chowk market. On Day 3, catch the train to Agra and pay a visit to the Red Fort. Come sunset, make for one of the world's most famous buildings, the iconic Taj Mahal. The next day, catch the train to the Pink City of Jaipur and enjoy a tour of the City Palace and Palace of the Winds. On Day 5, explore the Amber Fort then hop aboard the train back to Delhi.

City Palace, Jaipur

inclusions

Departs: Daily (except Sat) Accommodation: Single, double or twinshare room in hotels, inns and homestays (4 nts) Transport: Return transfers from/to Delhi Airport, private vehicle with air con, trains from Delhi to Agra, Agra to Jaipur and Jaipur to Delhi Meals: 4 breakfasts Includes: All tours and entry fees as per itinerary Tour Code: GOLTRI

Independent Tour

GOLDEN TRIANGLE INDIAN ICONS

$826

FR

7 DAYS

Independent Tour

RISHIKESH YOGA RETREAT

$1,207

FR

5 DAYS

Cover the sights of the Golden Triangle and stay in some of the region's coolest hostels on the way, with loads of activities included. Stopping at the three points of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visit Old Delhi, the Amber Fort and the Taj Mahal (making all declarations of love inadequate since the 1700s). Other activities include a chaat crawl, a rickshaw ride, a visit to a Sikh temple and a Bollywood movie showing in the famous Raj Mandir Theatre.

Zen out on this yoga retreat which includes: four nights' accommodation in the 4* Yoga Retreat, all meals (vegetarian only), two fantastic yoga lessons per day (six in total) and a relaxing spa massage. Plus, enjoy a day trip to a local Himalayan village and an exciting trip white water rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh (seasonal). Note that this trip departs and ends in Delhi and will include private transfers to and from Rishikesh.

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share hotel (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Private vehicle, rickshaw, local bus Includes: English-speaking guide, rickshaw ride, activities as per itinerary Tour Code: DELGOL

Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* yoga retreat (4 nts) Transport: Private van transfers to/from Rishikesh Meals: Full board Includes: Two yoga lessons per day, a spa massage and a rafting tour or spa treatment Tour Code: BEINDYOG

Independent Tour

RANTHAMBORE TIGER EXPERIENCE

$1,222

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5 DAYS

After pick-up in Delhi on Day 1, make your way to Ranthambore National Park by train and embark on two full days of guided jungle safaris with an English-speaking guide. Aside from tigers (the park's most famous residents), luck may also bring you close to blue bulls, birds, langhur monkeys, sambhar deer, reptiles and sloth bears. Catch the train back to Delhi on Day 4, where you'll have a day to explore the city before your tour ends on Day 5. Departs: Daily (Jan-Jun, Oct-Dec) Accommodation: Resorts/3* hotels (4 nts) Transport: Train, safari vehicle Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Return transfers from Delhi, 2 full-day safari trips, entry fees Tour Code: BERANTEX

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DISCOVER GOA BEACH & VOLUNTEER

$1,103

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14+ DAYS

Due to the underfunding and mismanagement of Goa's public services, the region's rural areas are rife with both poverty and illiteracy. Help improve the future prospects of women and children by working with them to develop crucial English, maths and computer skills, as well as a deeper understanding of health, wellbeing and nutrition. You'll work alongside local families and workers and really get under the skin of traditional Goan life. Project Start Date: Selected Mon Accommodation: Mixed dorms in volunteer house (14+ nts) Meals: 3 meals a day during the week Note: Aimed at first-time volunteers (18-24). Background check required Stay Longer: Fr $272 per week Trip Code: GOIGOA

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Sri Lanka & the Maldives

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Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to spot elephants, leopards, turtles and the world's largest animal, the blue whale.

The Maldives are often labelled as being one of the world's best places to dive. And no wonder - there are over 1,000 coral islands!

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SRI LANKA ENCOMPASSED 14 DAYS, Colombo

$2,399

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Mirissa Small Group Adventure

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This teardrop-shaped island will fill your senses with the sweet fragrances of tea, orchids and cinnamon, and your body will thank you for some downtime on the tropical beaches of the southern coast! As beautiful as the country is, one of the highlights of this trip is undoubtedly meeting the friendly Sri Lankans. Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides w Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAASSL

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private van, boat, train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $220-290 for meals not included

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Arrive at any time on Day 1 and head out to explore Sri Lanka's frenetic capital. On Day 2, enjoy a guided tour of the city, then head north along the coast to the small fishing village of Negombo. With a free afternoon here, kick back and relax on the beach or go for a walk and discover the stunning Portuguese and Dutch architecture found here. The next day, watch the fishermen bring in their catch, then hop aboard a boat ride on the Dutch Canal. Continue to the Dambulla Province for a visit of the cave temple, then it's on to the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya. You'll have to climb some 1,200 steps to reach the summit of this volcanic outcrop, but even on the views alone, it's well worth it! (3B, L)

Departures 2019/20 Mar

Day 1-4 Colombo / Negombo / Sigiriya

My Own Room Available: Fr $949

Feb

• Elephant and leopard-spotting at Yala • Wander around colonial Galle • G for Good collection

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• Explore the fishing village of Negombo • Visit fragrant spice and tea plantations • UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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Day 5-6 Kandy / Digana Drive through the Knuckles Mountain Range and stop at a spice plantation on the way to Kandy. Stop for lunch at the G for Good Sthree Craft Shop and Café then, on arrival, enjoy a guided visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth (which houses a dental relic from the Lord Buddha in a golden casket) and an evening cultural dance performance. In your free time, opt to visit Kandy's Royal Botanical Gardens, boasting over 300 varieties of beautiful orchids. (2B, L, D)

Day 7-9 Nuwara Eliya / Ella Take the train from Kandy into the central highlands and gain an insight into the process of growing tea with a visit to a plantation that produces some of the finest Ceylon varieties. Opt to visit Horton Plains Nature Reserve for a hike in the forest or take it easy browsing the local markets. Continue via local train to Ella, a backpackers' favourite famous for its views! The next day, trek to the peak of Ella Rock and soak up the scenery, then hike to Dunhinda Falls near the town of Badulla. (3B, L)

Day 10-11 Yala National Park

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy

Opt to hike up Little Adam's Peak this morning before you travel south to the famous Yala National Park for an included safari experience. Yala is famous for being one of the best places in the world to see an elusive leopard, so while we're not promising anything, you stand a good chance of spotting one (get it?) Besides leopards, sloth bears, elephants, jackals, sambars, crocodiles and over 200 bird species call this park home, so see if you can see some of them. (2B)

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Day 12-14 Mirissa / Galle / Mirissa Head along Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coast today and make for the charming beach town of Mirissa, known the world over for being one of the only places to spot blue whales just offshore. Opt to go whale watching, take a surfing lesson or simply kick back and chill with a coconut in the sun. On Day 13, explore the colonial town of Galle and its magnificent fort. Depart any time on Day 14 in Mirissa. (3B)

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SRI LANKA ON A SHOESTRING 12 DAYS, Negombo

$1,399

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Hikkaduwa Small Group Adventure (18-39s)

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• Hike through Sri Lanka's countryside • Beach time in Hikkaduwa • Explore temples, caves and Sigiriya

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• Share lunch with the locals • Visit a spice farm en route to Kandy • Soak up the views from Little Adam's Peak

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Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), homestay (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle Meals: 2 breakfasts,1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $165-215 for meals not included

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Arrive at the charming Dutch-era city of Negombo and get yourself settled in. Before you meet up with the rest of your group, opt to hit the beach for a sunset beer or two. The next day, transfer to the ancient city of Anuradhpura, stopping at a village along the way for a lunch pit-stop and a chance to meet the locals. In your spare time, there's plenty of time to explore the wider region. We recommend a visit to the Sigiriya Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple or Dambulla Caves. If you're looking to go further afield, Wilpattu National Park is a good bet. Less touristy than Yala National Park to the south, it offers you the chance to spot buffalo, sloth bears and even leopards (if you're lucky).

Day 4-6 Kandy / Digana / Nuwara Eliya On the way to Kandy, sniff out the province's richest fragrances on a visit to a spice garden. Afterwards, opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth - one of Sri Lanka's most famous attractions - or watch a cricket match at the local grounds before bedding down at the G for Good Tamarind Gardens Farm homestay. Day 5 is yours to do as you choose, and you could do a lot worse than a scenic walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya where you're likely to find monkeys, flying foxes and a whole host of birds. On Day 6, travel by train and tuk tuk to the verdant tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya, once the favourite playground for the English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka's tea industry (they tended to fare better in cooler climes), and explore the nearby hills and plantations on foot. You'll also enjoy a visit to the G for Good Sthree Craft Shop and Café. (2B, L, D)

Day 7-8 Ella Rise early for an optional trek in the cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park, then travel on to the small mountain town of Ella. The next day, set out on a hike up Little Adam's Peak and admire the magnificent views from the top. That evening, hit some of the town's bars for a refreshing drink or two, then on Day 8, enjoy a free day to do as you please. If you're feeling active, follow the railway line up from Ella town to the Ella Rock pathway. The views of the surrounding valleys and plains below are pretty hard to beat from up here, so we can assure you that it's worth the sweaty hike up! If you're feeling less active, opt to rustle up a treat in a cooking class or visit a local market.

Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

Day 9-12 Galle / Hikkaduwa Today, you're off towards the western coast in time for a nice oceanview sunset! Stop en route at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a walking tour of the famous fort. Continue on to Hikkaduwa in time for a beer or icy cocktail at the sun goes down. For the next two days, make the most of your free time on the beach - this is a holiday after all. If you're feeling the need for a bit more activity, opt to hop aboard a whale-watching tour in nearby Mirissa or see if you can spot the resident green turtles that call Hikkaduwa home. Enjoy one last Sri Lankan sunset on the beach, then the next day, depart at any time. If you've got time to spare, we'd recommend seeing a bit more of the country and coastline.

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See what makes Sri Lanka tick on this awesome 12-day tour. Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. This is how you do it. Trip Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAASNC


SAILING SRI LANKA - SOUTH COAST 7 DAYS, Mirissa

$1,999

FR

Mirissa

Small Group Adventure

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• Opt to go surfing • Enjoy beach barbecues • Watersport opportunities

Day 1 Mirissa Having developed a reputation in recent years as a party hub for younger travellers, the crescent beach of Mirissa sees quite a bit of action in high season, including regular DJ sets and hedonistic revellers. This is also your starting point for your seven-day trip around Sri Lanka's southern coast. After meeting the skipper and the rest of your co-sailors, set sail and enjoy your first dinner at sea in Waligama Bay, just off the coast of Snake Island. (D)

Day 2-3 Weligama Bay / Galle / Kudawella

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$1,999

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Negombo

Small Group Adventure

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• Dolphin & whale watching • Explore Koneswaram Temple • Visit tranquil Vakarai Lagoon

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On Day 6, return to Weligama Bay for one final sea dinner with your group. Savour a delicious barbecue, and sail back to Mirissa Harbour the next day. (2B, L, D)

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Day 6-7 Mirissa

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Kalametiya Galle Weligama Bay Talalla Kudawella

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Spend the morning soaking up the sun at Mawella Beach before continuing up the coast to Kalametiya. While you're here, opt to visit the Kalametiya village and sanctuary, or clock up more hours on the sand. The following day, surfers will get the chance to make the most of the waves of Hirikatiya before sailing west to Talalla Beach. Make use of the catamaran’s forward netting to keep an eye over the side of the boat and spot the diverse marine life brimming under the surface. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Day 4-5 Kalametiya / Talalla Beach

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S R I L A N K A

Trip Style: Marine Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share or double cabins with en suite bathrooms (6 nts) Transport: 16m sailing catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Budget: Allow USD $30-40 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), skipper, assistant/ cook Group Size: Max 12 Tour Code: GAASVM

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On the way to Galle, keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins. The seas here are at peak whale concentration between December and April, when the odd blue whale may even be among them. Spend the afternoon relaxing on a beach, exploring the city and Dutch Fort, or diving in the bay (at extra cost). On Day 3, cruise along the coast to Kudawella and make the most of the passing scenery. Throughout the day, you'll visit isolated beaches where you'll get the chance to snorkel, swim, standup paddleboard or kayak. Again, get on your top whale-watch form! (2B, 2L, 2D)

• Snorkelling & kayaking • Relax on stunning beaches • Sail the Trincomalee coast

Day 1 Negombo / Trincomalee Negombo is a great place to ease your way into Sri Lankan life. And sitting just 10km away from Bandaranaike International Airport, it's an ideal starting point for those coming into Sri Lanka for the first time. Get there in time for your welcome meeting on Day 1, transfer to Trincomalee and set sail for your first night at sea aboard your spacious catamaran. (D)

Day 2-3 Pigeon Island / Kuchchaveli / Sampur

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Nov

After one last breakfast aboard the catamaran, disembark in Trincomalee. Transfer back to Negombo and arrive late afternoon, where the voyage comes to an end. (B)

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Day 7 Trincomalee / Negombo

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Pasikuda

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Sallitivu

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Ilanativu

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The next three days form an easy-going discovery of the beautiful stretch of coast between Trincomalee and Kalkudah. On top of the obvious enjoy-the-view moments, there is also ample opportunity to get out on the water or head to dry land to explore the Vakarai Lagoon or the beaches of Sallitivu, Passikudah and Ilanativu. You could also try your hand at steering, and give the skipper a break! (3B, 3L, 3D)

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Day 4-6 Sallitivu / Passikudah / Ilanativu

Trip Style: Marine Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Twin-share/double cabins with en suite bathrooms (6 nts) Transport: 16m sailing catamaran, minivan Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinner Budget: Allow USD $30-40 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), skipper, assistant/cook Group Size: Max 8 Tour Code: GAASVT

Mar

Kuchchaveli Pigeon Island Trincomalee

Feb

Your next two days are spent exploring the coast north of Trincomalee, with options to visit Pigeon Island or swim off the deserted jungle beaches near Kuchchaveli. Then, return to Sampur Bay for an optional exploration of a nearby Hindu temple or an optional hike in the surrounding jungle. Tonight, settle down on the beach and enjoy a beach barbecue with the group. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES

• Sail Sri Lanka's south coast • Look out for whales • Visit deserted beaches


PURE SRI LANKA 10 DAYS, Negombo

$2,099

FR

Colombo Exclusively for 18-35s

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Trip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group: Exclusively for 18-35s Group Leader: Trip Manager, local guides Group Size: Max 20 Tour Code: COSLCO

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• Safari in Udawalawe National Park • Admire architecture in UNESCO-listed Galle • Meet adorable elephants & turtles

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• Spot blue & sperm whales in Mirissa • Explore Colombo's temples & markets • Sample the best Ceylon tea in luscious Ella

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Departures 2019/20

Jan 20

Accommodation: Hotel (7 nts), glamping (2 nts) Transport: Private coach, train Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

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Day 1-4 Negombo / Kandy / Ella Your 10 days of paradise begin in Negombo, a diverse and laid-back town with coastal beaches, local fish markets and a Dutch-style canal system. Tonight you'll head out for your first taste of local delicacies with your travel buddies. Head inland to Kandy on Day 2, this was the last imperial city of Sri Lanka and home to important Buddhist relics. You'll have a guided tour of the Temple of the Tooth and watch a traditional Kandyan Folk Dance in the evening, prepare for an explosion of dance and colours. Opt to tuck into some more local food for dinner. Make your way further into the hills of Sri Lanka by train on Day 3, keep your eyes peeled out the windows on the waterfalls and lush rolling hills before arriving in Nuwara Eliya. This small town is in the heart of Sri Lanka's Ceylon tea industry, so you'll be sampling a few cuppas at a plantation, would be rude not to! Continue on to Ella and spend Day 4 exploring the town's tea plantations and green hills perched up in the clouds. If you fancy a walk why not take on the World's End track in the morning, or just join in on local life in town? (3B)

Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

Day 5-6 Udawalawe National Park Journey south through the jungle to your riverside glamping in Udawalawe National Park. You'll stop at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home on the way, this is where orphaned elephants are taken care of before being released back into the wild, keep a few tissues handy for this one. Hop in the jeep on Day 6 and explore the park's wildlife, look out for the Sri Lankan elephant, water buffalo and colourful native birds. The rest of the afternoon is yours, relax by the swimming pool or hire a bike and go on your own adventure tour of the park. (2B, L, 2D)

Day 7-8 Unawatuna / Galle / Mirissa Say goodbye to the jungle and head along the coast to Unawatuna. The South West coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its beaches, mangrove forests and picturesque colonial port towns influenced by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English. In the afternoon you'll take a trip to the UNESCO-listed fort city of Galle, with its mix of European and South Asian traditional architectural styles. See the Franciscan Chapel, Dutch coat of arms and the British Queen Victoria Jubilee Tower. Opt to learn about Sri Lankan cuisine in the evening with a cooking demonstration and dinner. Make for Mirissa on the southern tip of the coast and the best place to get a glimpse at blue whales and sperm whales. The afternoon is yours, unwind on the beach or opt to take a surf lesson near Weligama Bay. (2B)

Day 9-10 Colombo Hello Colombo, your final destination and the energetic capital city of Sri Lanka. First though, stop en route to learn about traditional mask painting. Take a sightseeing tour of the city on arrival, visiting temples and mosques, rosetinted colonial buildings and the chaotic Pettah Bazaar, where you can pick up a souvenir and some hot cobra chillies if you're game enough. In the evening, pop your groovy pants on and head out in style to the best rooftop bars in Colombo to celebrate your last night. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 10. (2B)

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Run wild in the green valleys of Sri Lanka, sip on Ceylon tea, whale-watch, unwind at the beach, discover the local cuisine, marvel at unique architecture, get lost in crazy Colombo and meet with elephants and turtles. A fab mix of urban and rural island adventure awaits, oh, and did we mention safari-style glamping? Dreamy!


ONE LIFE ADVENTURES SRI LANKA 12 DAYS, Negombo

$1,996

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Colombo Small Group Adventure

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Beginning in Negombo and ending in Colombo (there's a fun start to a song), this tour of beautiful Sri Lanka will take you to the top of misty mountaintops, down to palm-fringed beaches and into some awesome national parks in between to search for elephants and leopards. Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Age Group: Min 18 Group Leader: Group leader, local guide and driver Group Size: Max 22, Min 4 Tour Code: CMBONE

inclusions Accommodation: Twin or double hotels (8 nts), mixed dorm in hostel (2 nts), rural glamping safari camp (1 nt) Transport: Van, bus, tuk tuk, train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Note: Whale watching only takes place Sep-May. If travelling Jun-Aug, there will be an extra safari in Sigiriya

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Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide, who will take you to your hotel in Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore the canals and lagoons or get your base tan on the beach! This evening, meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner. The next day, spend the morning wandering around Negombo's market, then head off to Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. Later that evening get spiritual with a tour of the magnificent Dambulla Caves, a UNESCO heritage site. (B, D)

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Day 1-2 Negombo / Sigiriya

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• Pay a visit to a turtle sanctuary • Explore Galle's fort and local villages • Enjoy a traditional cooking class

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• Climb up the magnificent Sigiriya Rock • Spot elephants, turtles and blue whales • Visit a hill country tea plantation

Day 3-4 Sigiriya / Kandy An early wake up time today as you put on your hiking shoes, grab your camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. View the ancient wall paintings, the Sanskrit marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. Once you're at the top, soak up the incredible views of the surrounding region. Later on, escape the crowds at the Buddhist monastery of Pidurangula, then opt to spot elephants at the Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. That evening, enjoy dinner with a local family, then on Day 4, travel south to the city of Kandy, stopping at a spice garden along the way. On arrival, see the city as it was made to be seen - from the back of a tuk tuk! That evening, get your culinary hat on as you enjoy an included cooking class. (2B, L)

Day 5-6 Kandy / Ella Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth today, a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. After you've got your culture fix, hop aboard a bus into the hill country and stop for a tour of a local tea plantation. Later on, catch the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, often labelled as being one of the world's most scenic train journeys. On Day 6, enjoy a free morning and then explore Ella, the Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and hike up Little Adams Peak. (2B)

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Day 7-12 Udawalawe National Park / Mirissa / Hikkaduwa / Colombo Continue south today and stop at your glamping camp, situated just 45 minutes from Udawalawe National Park. After lunch head out on safari, searching for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you're lucky, leopards. After all that excitement, it's time to chill, and you'll do exactly that in the beach town of Mirissa on Day 8. Kick back and chill, then enjoy an included whale watching tour on Day 9. This is one of the best places in the world to spot blue whales, so fingers crossed they play ball! Continue on to Hikkaduwa, where you'll spend the night. The next day, enjoy a tour of the famous Galle Fort, then enjoy a bike ride through local villages and rice paddies. Head to the capital city of Colombo on Day 11, stopping at a small turtle sanctuary and the humbling Tsunami memorial along the way. Enjoy your last night in the capital, where you'll get ample time to explore. Just make sure you enjoy one last drink with your fellow travellers! Head off on Day 12. (6B, L, D)

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SRI LANKA EXPRESS 8 DAYS, Negombo

$1,429

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Unawatuna

Small Group Adventure

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• Spot wild elephants • Enjoy the views in Ella • Watch traditional dancing

• See the Temple of the Tooth • Chill out beachside • Explore the Galle Fort

Arrive into Negombo at any point on Day 1 and get yourself settled in. The next day, drive to Sri Lanka's cultural capital Kandy, stopping to visit a spice plantation along the way. Enjoy lunch at G for Good Sthree Craft Shop and Café, have a chat with the project organisers and watch a handicraft demonstration. Later on, visit the famed Temple of the Tooth on a guided tour, then enjoy the various folk dances of a local cultural group that evening. Opt to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens the next day for some serious zone-out time. (2B, L)

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Travel to the colonial city of Galle for a guided tour. Visit the Galle Fort, a 16thcentury fort first built by the Portuguese and later occupied by the Dutch, then grab some souvenirs at the Dutch Hospital shopping complex. Head back to Unawatuna for one last evening by the beach, then head home any time on Day 8. (2B)

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Depart early this morning for Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in the world to spot Asian elephants. Enjoy a safari here, keeping an eye out for elephants, wild boar, buffalo and monkeys, then head for the beach town of Unawatuna. (B, D)

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Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Standard hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Private vehicle, train, 4WD, bus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100130 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAASLE

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Travel to Ella via the town of Nuwara Eliya on Day 4, admiring the fantastic scenery en route. You'll spend two nights at the G Adventures supported AMBA Estate, an organic tea plantation and guesthouse, that provides the local community with job opportunities and fair pay. Upon arrival, learn about one of the nation's most popular exports with a guided tour of a tea factory. Spend Day 5 getting active with a hike up Little Adam's Peak. That afternoon, enjoy some welcome free time. Opt to take a cooking class, climb Ella Rock or simply chill with a beer or two. (B, L, 2D)

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EXPLORE SRI LANKA 13 DAYS, Colombo

$2,472

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Colombo

Independent Tour

highlights

• UNESCO-listed Polonnaruwa • Visit a Ceylon tea plantation • Balm out on pristine beaches

• Dambulla Caves Rock Temple • Matale spice garden • Sigiriya fortress climb

Day 1-4 Negombo / Sigiriya Meet your guide at the airport, and get straight into the spirit of things with a thirst-quenching Tambili (King Coconut) on the way to your hotel at Negombo beach resort. On Day 2, head out on a tour of the town, famous for its coconut products, cinnamon and ceramics. Continue on to the Cultural Triangle to visit the Dambulla Caves Rock Temple and spend the following days uncovering UNESCO-listed Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Embark on an exciting trek from Hiriwadunna on Day 4, which takes you through a banana plantation to meet a traditional chena farmer and his family for a Rich and Curry lunch. (3B)

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Day 5-7 Kandy / Nuwara Eliya Make your way to Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings and yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, visit a spice garden in Matale and soak up the aromas on a guided tour. In Kandy, you have plenty of free time to explore on your own before enjoying an included visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Buddha's canine tooth, to be exact) and a Kandyan dancing performance! Day 7, head for cooler climes at Nuwara Eliya. Learn about how Ceylon tea is made and see what makes a good tea taster on a Tea Factory tour. (3B)

Day 8-13 Hikkaduwa / Colombo On your way to your beach break at Hikkaduwa, stop at the sleepy riverside village of Kitulgala. As well as being used as a location during the Oscar-winning 'Bridge over the River Kwai', it's also popular for the Kelani River's rafting opportunities. It's then on towards the Indian Ocean for a four-day beach break at Hikkaduwa. Grab a spot on the beach and relax before returning to Colombo on Day 13. (6B)

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Sigiriya

Negombo

Kandy

Colombo

Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts) Transport: Air con vehicle Meals: 12 breakfasts Group Leader: English-speaking driver guide throughout Tour Code: FJNESL

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ADVENTURE & SAFARI TOUR 6 DAYS, Colombo

$1,133

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Colombo

Independent Tour

highlights

SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES

• Kelani River rafting • Buy gems at Ratnapura • Sinharhja forest (optional)

• Udawalawe National Park • Nuwara Eliya tea plantation • Colombo city tour

Day 1 Colombo / Kitulgala Touch down at Sri Lanka Katunayake International Airport, and meet your guide on arrival. The first order of business is to stop for a tasty Tambili (King Coconut) before continuing on to Kitulgala. The Kelani River not only feeds the nearby jungle, home to 54 rare species of birds and the indigenous white owl, but also offers fantastic white water rafting and kayaking opportunities (activities at extra cost). Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Day 2 Ratnapura Transfer to Ratnapura after breakfast. Home to a long-established gem industry, the city is a popular gathering point where local villagers come to sell their precious stones to merchants, international traders and tourists. Nature lover? Opt for a trekking excursion at the UNESCO-listed tropical rainforest of Sinharaja. (B)

Kitulgala Nuwara Eliya

Colombo

Travel to Embilipitiya after breakfast on Day 3 in time for an afternoon 4WD jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park. Famous for its roaming herds of elephants, you might also spot monkeys, buffalo and leopards! Next up on Day 4 is tea-making central Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea factory and plantation, and learn about the making of Ceylon tea. (2B)

Day 5-6 Colombo After a morning transfer to capital Colombo, enjoy a personalised tour of the city. Start at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and the Simamalaka Shrine, and receive a blessing by a local monk (dependent on availability) to set you up for the rest of your travels! The tour ends on Day 6 with an included transfer to the airport. (2B)

SRI LANKA HIGHLIGHTS Colombo

inclusions Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Transport: Air con car Meals: 5 breakfasts Group Leader: Private English-speaking driver/guide Tour Code: ASTCMB

Independent Tour

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

World's End, Horton Plains National Park

$1,315

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6 DAYS

highlights

• Discover Dambulla Caves • Take a spice garden tour

A whistlestop tour of Sri Lanka's best bits, ideal for independent types who still want attentive personal service. Starting in the capital, visit UNESCO-listed Sigiriya then head to former capital Polonnaruwa, famed for its spectacular statues. Discover Dambulla Caves, a rural spice garden and the city of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then hit the cool tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya before wrapping it up with a city tour of Colombo. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share rooms with en suite in hotels/ guesthouses (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners Transport: Private vehicle with air con, local train Tour Code: CMBLLT

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Independent Tour

Colombo

• Set your sights on Sigiriya • See Polonnaruwa's statues

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Ratnapura

Day 3-4 Embilipitiya / Nuwara Eliya

SRI LANKA ACTIVE ADVENTURE Colombo

$1,768

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Colombo

• Go jungle river rafting • Climb up Sigiriya Rock

7 DAYS

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• Visit a tea plantation • Local village bike ride

Fancy doing something other than just sitting on a beach with a book? After landing on Day 1, head to Kithulgala, famous for being the real Bridge on the River Kwai. Get the adrenalin pumping the next day with a river rafting adventure, then it's on to Nuwara Eliya for a tea plantation visit. Trek to the World's End on Day 3, then it's on to Kandy. Stop by Sigiriya Rock on Day 5, and enjoy a bike ride through local villages on Day 6. Departs: Daily Accommodation: Twin-share rooms with en suite in hotels/river camp (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts Transport: Private vehicle with air con, local train Includes: All entry fees and boat fees Tour Code: SRIADV

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SRI LANKA BEACHES & RETREATS shore thing SRI LANKA TAB & THE NAME MALDIVES

Sri Lanka's west coast has the sand, the palm trees and the surf to trigger the pamper muscles in any wandering traveller. The welltrodden beaches of Negombo, just north of the capital, feature on most Sri Lankan itineraries. To the south, the bouji boutiques of Bentota are peppered along a stretch of golden (and uncrowded) coast. Backpackers have ventured further still, setting up camp and getting on the action at the popular party town of Hikkaduwa.

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CENTARA CEYSANDS RESORT & SPA SRI LANKA, BENTOTA

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$319 $160

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OZO COLOMBO SRI LANKA, COLOMBO

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$141 $71

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Location: You can't get much closer to the sand. Around 60km south of Colombo, Bentota Beach makes for a swish beach break.

Location: A central spot in Sri Lanka's capital, a ten-minute walk from the beach and 1.2km from Bambalapitiya train station.

Vibe: On the luxurious side of things. Right on the beach, and featuring a 360o seafood restaurant.

Vibe: Get the best of city and sea. Rooms are flooded with natural lights, with some sporting ocean views.

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Soundproof rooms • Outdoor pool • Bar • 4 restaurant • Spa and massage service • Gym • Watersports available • 24-hour reception

Highlights: Private rooms • Air con • In-room safe • Rooftop pool • Outdoor pool • Bar • Restaurant • Daily housekeeping • Luggage storage • Laundry • Gym • Nightclub • 24-hour reception

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SRI LANKA BEATS RETREAT 8 DAYS, Ahangama

$4,598

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Ahangama Small Group Adventure

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• Daily surfing, yoga and SUP • DJ lessons by the pool • Boutique-style accommodation

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Departs: 14Feb19, 21Feb19, 06Sep19, 13Sep19, 01Nov19, 07Nov19 Accommodation: Nirbana Boutique Hotel (7 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners Group Size: Max 16 Includes: Daily yoga, surfing & stand-up paddleboarding, DJ lesson, music nights, Galle Fort tour, Tea Plantation tour, tuk tuk surf tour, temple visit, cooking lesson Tour Code: AH1BEA

• Guided cultural tour of Galle • Keep an eye out for blue whales • Sri Lankan cooking class

Do Sri Lanka like it was meant to be done. Whether you're looking to feed your soul, heal your spirit or just get out and shush the world for a bit, this retreat on Sri Lanka's southern coast is all about you, so you're free to get as involved as you want. Start every day with surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or in the on-site Yoga Shala overlooking the jungle and the nearby river. During the daytime, activities include more of the above as well as a daytrip to nearby Galle, a surfing tuk tuk tour along the coast and a trip to the popular beach of Mirissa, where you can opt to take a boat out in search of a blue whale. Sundown sees music around the campfire, a visit to a turtle sanctuary, nights out in town and even a DJ lesson by the pool. If you're unsure about getting to the retreat, transfers from/to Colombo Airport can be arranged at extra cost.

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SRI LANKA & MALDIVES ADVENTURE 14 DAYS, Negombo

$3,399

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Malé

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Watch traditional dancing • Hit Unawatuna's beach • G for Good collection

Day 1-5 Negombo / Kandy / Ella Arrive into Negombo at any time on Day 1. You won't have much time here, as you're off first thing the next day. Drive to Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital, and visit a spice plantation on the way and a visit to G for Good's Sthree Craft Shop. Later on, visit the Temple of the Tooth and enjoy a traditional folk dance performance. Day 3 is yours to spend at leisure. The Royal Botanical Gardens are a must, so make sure you check them out. Continue south on Day 4 and make your way to Ella, a charming town nestled in the hill country and where you'll spend two nights at the G for Good AMBA estate, an organic farm and guesthouse. On arrival, enjoy a tour of a tea factory, then on Day 5, climb up Little Adam's Peak and soak up the views. The rest of your time here is free to do as you choose. (3B, 2L, 2D)

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Kandy

Colombo

Ella Udawalawe N.P.

Galle Unawatuna

Day 9-14 The Atolls / Malé

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$1,199

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Malé

Small Group Adventure

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• Fishing in Dhiffushi • Go kayaking at sunset • Eat traditional fare on Huraa

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MALDIVES ISLAND HOPPING 8 DAYS, Malé

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Set sail on a traditional dhoni cruise through Vaadhoo canal around idyllic coral islands, including Ambara and Fenboa Finolhu. Plus, you'll get to experience daily life in the fishing villages of Djiggaru, Felidhoo and Eboodhoofinolhu. There'll be plenty of time to chill out on the beaches, as well as snorkelling and swimming sessions to explore life under the surface and away from the shore. At night, you'll moor by pristine beaches or in peaceful harbours, and the crew will prepare all your meals for you. Your tour ends back in Malé on Day 14. (6B, 5L, 5D)

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 3 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts), dhoni (6 nts), tented camp (1nt) Transport: Private vehicle, train, 4WD, local bus, plane, dhoni Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners Budget: Allow USD $90-120 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), boat crew, skipper Group Size: Max 15 (land), max 8 (boat) Tour Code: GAASSM

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Depart early in the morning on Day 6 and make your way to Udawalawe National Park, famous for its resident population of elephants and one of the best places in the country for game spotting. Enjoy a safari here, then head to the coast and base yourself in the small beach town of Unawatuna. On Day 7, travel to Galle and enjoy a tour of the iconic fort, then head back to Unawatuna for some much-deserved beach time! On Day 8, head to the capital Colombo and hop on a flight to the Maldivian capital of Malé. Time for some serious R&R! (2B, 2D)

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Day 6-8 Udawalawe N.P. / Unawatuna / Galle / Colombo / Malé

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

• Tour the city of Malé • Dhiffushi island tour • Learn about local conservation

Day 1-3 Malé / Dhiffushi The pint-sized capital of Malé offers a great starting point. With quirky-coloured buildings and all the usual bustle of a national capital, it makes for a great wander before you launch sunhat-first into the more delayed pace of island life. On Day 2, board a ferry to Dhiffushi, a typical Maldivian island known for its fishing communities. Do as the locals do, and head out to sea to fetch your dinner in the traditional way (no cheating) with just a line, and load your catch onto the barbecue back at the beach. On Day 3, take to the water with a snorkel and start looking for sea turtles among other brilliant marine animals. (2B, D)

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Return to Malé, and see the President's Palace, the fish market and the Friday Mosque. In the afternoon, tour the island of Villimalé with a member of the Save the Beach NGO, and learn about the local ecosystem and the conservation work carried out to protect it. Return to Malé for the night, where the tour ends on Day 8. (2B)

Departures 2019 Sep

Day 7-8 Malé

My Own Room Available: Fr $409

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Malé

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Next up is the island of Huraa, home to mangroves and a freshwater lake. Learn about local delicacies on an included island tour before enjoying a traditional meal at the home of a local family. (B, D)

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Thulusdhoo Huraa

Day 6 Huraa

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Dhiffushi

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport: Local ferry, dhoni Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $180-235 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16 Tour Code: GAAFML

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MALÉ ATO L L

Mar

Catch an early ferry today and make your way over to the island of Thulusdhoo. This island's draw is its laid-back atmosphere and good surf, so it's all about taking things easy. With plenty of free time over two days to explore, relax on the bikini beach or in a hammock by the water, you can also opt to sign up to a surfing lesson or rent a stand-up paddleboard. Take a walking tour of the island and sample traditional tea, and enjoy an included sunset kayak across the lagoon. (2B)

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Day 4-5 Thulusdhoo

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SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES

• Set sail in the Maldives • See elephants in Udawalawe • Climb up Little Adam's Peak

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MALDIVES DHONI CRUISE 7 DAYS, Malé

$2,099

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Malé

Small Group Adventure

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• Sail on a traditional dhoni • Visit uninhabited islands • Sprawl out on white beaches

• Meet the locals on Dhiggaru • Most meals prepared aboard • Go swimming or snorkelling

Arrive into Malé, the capital of the Maldives, by 10.30am. Make your way to your dhoni (boat), your home for the next week, and get settled in. After meeting your fellow sailors, tuck into your first lunch on board. This evening, it's anchors up and away you sail! Make sure you have a look at the stars from aboard the boat's deck. There's nothing quite like stargazing in paradise. (L, D)

Day 2-6 The Atolls Voyage through the Vaadhoo Canal and drop anchor for some down time snorkelling. The Maldives is famous for its marine life, so see if you can spot some of its most famous residents, including green turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Over the next few days, you'll get to sail close to the shore for astounding views of the archipelago, moor next to the beaches of uninhabited Ambara and Fenboa and meet the locals in the fishing villages of Dhiggaru, Fellidhu and Eboodhoofinolhu. The shallow islands and spectacular coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish, and keep an eye out for reef sharks, stingrays and octopuses. If you're lucky, you'll be able to spend time with the local community and be treated to a performance of their traditional folk music, Bodu Beru! There'll also be plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling or simply reading a book on deck. At night you'll moor at small, secluded beaches or in peaceful harbours, and the friendly crew will prepare all your breakfasts, lunches and dinners for you. (5B, 5L, 5D)

M A L É ATO L L

Malé

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Departures 2019

Fulidhoo

Jan-Dec

Day 7 Malé

After one last breakfast on Day 7, it's anchors up and back to Malé, where the tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport. If you've got more time on your hands, why not stick around and visit a few more islands? Otherwise, spend some more time in the capital where you can take it easy checking out the cafés, the restaurants and the busy (well, relatively speaking!) streets. (B)

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MALDIVES ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE 8 DAYS, Malé

$1,658

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Malé

• Go island-hopping • Dine with local families • Snorkel over coral reefs

Small Group Adventure

highlights

• Cruise in search of dolphins • Enjoy beach barbecues • Free time in Maafushi

Day 1-2 Malé / Hulhumalé / Malé / Guraidhoo After you've touched down on Day 1, transfer to your guesthouse on Hulhumalé Island and get settled in. On Day 2, enjoy a tour of Malé and pass by the fish market, the President's Palace and the Sultan Park. The same afternoon, catch the ferry to Guraidhoo and enjoy a meal with a local family on arrival for a real taste of local life. (B, D)

Day 3-4 Guraidhoo After you've fuelled up on breakfast, head out to some nearby coral reefs for a spell of snorkelling. The Maldives is famous for its prolific marine life, and chances are you'll spot plenty of it on this trip, so keep your eyes peeled for turtles, rays and reef sharks. Enjoy a free afternoon on Guraidhoo, then tuck into a tasty barbecue on the beach that evening. On Day 4, enjoy breakfast with a local family before spending the rest of the morning at leisure. During the afternoon, enjoy an island tour to learn about the local way of life. Visit the mosque, sample a tasty 'hedhika' snack and watch the locals play the bodu beru drum at dinner. (2B, 2D)

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Day 5-8 Guraidhoo / Maafushi / Malé After a hearty breakfast, set sail for the island of Maafushi, situated just north of Guraidhoo. After you've settled in, head out on another snorkelling trip, stopping for a picnic lunch on a remote sandbar. On the way back to the island, keep an eye out for dolphins. With so much to do on Maafushi - easily the most cosmopolitan island in the Maldives - you'll be glad to know that the following day is for you to do as you please. Chill out on the beach, sign up for watersports activities or opt to go scuba diving. You can also head for a drink offshore at a floating bar at your own expense (for some reason, we still get excited about bars set in the middle of water). Discover the quiet island of Gulhi on Day 7, and head back to Malé on Day 8, where your tour ends on arrival. (4B, L, D)

Hulhumalé

Departs: Sundays Trip Style: Small Group Adventure Accommodation: Single or twinshare room in guesthouses (7 nts) Transport: 3 ferry transfers and return transfers from/to Malé Airport Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Includes: Guided snorkelling day trip, island life tour, dolphin cruise and sandbar day tour Tour Code: BEMLEIHE

Malé

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A culinary institution, these steamed meat or veggie dumplings are dangerously addictive. Embrace it!

Deservedly one of the best national parks in Asia for wildlife-viewing. you'll definitely spot rhinos. if you're really lucky - tigers!

A village monastery in north east Nepal claims to hold the scalp of Yeti, found by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary.

There's ample opportunity for that here. In fact, the Annapurna range was voted in the top 10 best places to trek on earth!

Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Valley alone has 7, all within a 15km radius.

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NEPAL ADVENTURE 10 DAYS, Kathmandu

$1,499

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Kathmandu Small Group Adventure

snapshot Nepal is a country of world-record highs including the world's highest peak (Everest), highest lake (Shey Phoksundo) and highest valley (Arun Valley). This trip takes you around its most celebrated cultural spots and lets you live out every real mountaineer's dream - trekking in the Himalayas!

NEPAL

Trip Style: Classic Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 4 Age Group: Min 12 Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAANNA

inclusions Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), teahouse lodges (2 nts) Transport: Private bus, 4WD Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $330-430 for meals not included

Day 1-3 Kathmandu / Bhaktapur / Pokhara Arrive at any time on Day 1, and start Day 2 with a guided tour of UNESCO-listed Durbar Square. Take note of the Kumari Chowk building, home to the Kumari - a girl worshipped as the living incarnation of the Hindu goddess Talejn. Afterwards, visit the G for Good Sisterhood of Survivors project, a grassroots organisation supporting - and run by - survivors of trafficking. The primary work of the project is to train survivors to become certified paralegals, then arranging job placements for them in police stations around the Kathmandu Valley. Learn how to rustle up some Nepalese treats before tucking in to an authentic local lunch. Move on to the city of Bhaktapur, a living gem of temples, pagodas and palaces. The next day, drive across the mountains to Pokhara. (L)

Day 4-6 Annapurna Foothills Trek / Pokhara Spend the next few days trekking through isolated villages and against a backdrop of imposing mountains, including Annapurna 1 which is one of the highest mountains in the world at a staggering 8,091m. The route takes you from Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda, where you can reward yourself with a soak in a natural hot spring. Continue on to Landruk, before a final push on Day 6 with a five-hour hike to Kande. Cross icy rivers, broad plains and high mountain passes and open your eyes to a wealth of customs and traditions. Meet the welcoming locals as they herd their yaks across the grassy pastures and stumble upon their hillside monasteries and temples. Transfer to Pokhara for the night.

Day 7-8 Chitwan National Park Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park, renowned the world over for its concentration of the endangered Indian rhinoceros, elephants, bears, leopards and Bengal tigers (and a LOT of birds!). The reserve covers more than 932 sq kilometres and is full of forests, savannahs, and grasslands. A sizeable amount of animal population calls the park home including elephants, leopards and bears - so there's plenty to look out for! Day 8, take a 4WD safari through the park before heading out on a half-day game walk in search of mammals, amphibians and reptiles. You'll also enjoy a guided half-day walk inside the park, as well as some free time to opt for a canoe ride or a spot of bird watching.

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• Spot tigers in Chitwan National Park • Optional hot springs visit • G for Good collection

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• Guided tour of Kathmandu • Visit the Sisterhood of Survivors project • Three-day Annapurna trek

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Day 9-10 Kathmandu Travel back to the capital city that sits 1400 metres above sea level and where you can visit several UNESCO listed sites within a 15 kilometre radius. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, we recommend a visit to the burning ghats at Pashupatinath. Other highlights include the enigmatic Swayambhunath temple, otherwise known as a monkey temple due to the holy monkeys that live in the north-west part, and Pashupatinath temple - dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. For something a bit quirky, head down to Freak Street where the hippies would hang out in the 60s and 70s, just see where the city leads you! Your tour wraps up on Day 10, depart at any time.

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Pokhara

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Kathmandu Chitwan N.P.

SISTERHOOD OF SURVIVORS, KATHMANDU

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ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY 15 DAYS, Kathmandu

$1,449

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Kathmandu

Small Group Adventure

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• Swayambunath guided tour • Sisterhood of Survivors • Reach Annapurna Base Camp

• Jinhu Danda hot springs • Ten-day Himalayan trek • G for Good collection

After your arrival on Day 1, head out to explore on your own before enjoying a guided visit of Durbar Square and the G for Good Sisterhood of Survivors Project on Day 2. As well as training survivors of trafficking to become paralegals. the project also conducts outreach work in rural villages to tackle the problem at the source. Do as the locals do, and learn how to make traditional Nepalese momos (dumplings) before leaving Kathmandu Valley on Day 3 on your way to Pokhara, a true trekkers' retreat and a great place to recuperate before your trek in the Annapurna Range. (L)

Annapurna Range, Nepal

Day 4-13 Annapurna Range

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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK 18 DAYS, Kathmandu

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$1,699

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Kathmandu

Small Group Adventure

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• Start in colourful Kathmandu • Complete a world-class trek • Striking Himalayan views

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Return to Kathmandu and enjoy a well-earned celebration in one of the many bars. You also have free time to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. Depart at any time on Day 15.

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Kathmandu

Day 14-15 Kathmandu

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Pokhara

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Annapurna

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), teahouse lodges (10 nts) Transport: Bus, minibus Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $355-465 for meals not included Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking support staff Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAANAS

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This trek around the foothills of Annapurna 1, one of the highest mountains in the world, covers a wide variety of terrain from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to towering glaciers. Stay in mountain communities along the way and meet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives. Along the way, pass thundering waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers and high mountain passes, and treat yourself to a soak in a natural hot spring. While the trek is challenging, with an average of 4-6 hours of walking a day on steep terrain, this expedition into the Himalayas allows you to experience the so-called roof of the world without the major issues associated with high altitude. The highest point on the trek comes on Day 9 as you reach Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m. After 10 days, reward yourself with a cold beer and a hearty meal in Phedi.

• Traverse high passes • Stay in authentic lodges • Meet Sherpa herders

Day 1-2 Kathmandu / Jagat Spend the first day at your leisure in Nepal's capital city. The trekking starts on Day 2, with a short ascent from Syanje (1,100m) to Jagat (1,350m) with beautiful hot springs along the way- a gentle introduction to the serious trekking ahead!

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Travel back to Kathmandu on Day 17 and spend the rest of the day exploring the urban attractions of Nepal's capital. Go shopping, sightseeing or kick back at one of the rooftop cafés. Your tour ends on Day 18.

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Day 17-18 Kathmandu

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Early morning, opt to trek to Poon Hill for a memorable Himalayan sunrise, enjoy views across rhododendron forests and spot beautifully coloured birds. Then head to Pokhara for a well-deserved shower and rest. Alternatively you can stay back and relax, either way you'll leave this lakeside haven feeling revived and refreshed.

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Annapurna

Trip Style: Active Service Level: Basic Physical Grading: 5 Age Group: Min 12 Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts), teahouse lodges (14 nts) Transport: Bus Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $435565 for meals Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekking support staff Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAANTA

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Now for 11 days in the breathtaking Annapurna Range. With gushing waterfalls, icy rivers, plains and lofty mountain passes, you'll certainly never tire of the view. On this challenging trek, visit isolated mountain communities where the local inhabitants tend to their herds, and pay a visit to their sacred temples. The trek averages six to seven hours walking a day, often at high altitudes, with your destination each day as follows: Bagarchhap, Chame, Pisan, Manang, Yak Kharta, Phedo. Muktinath, Kalopani (drive), Tatopani (drive), Sikha and Ghorepani. Reach the highest point on Day 9 on the Thorung Pass, standing at 5,416m and coloured with prayer flags. Enjoy a wellneeded rest day at Muktinath on Day 11.

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snapshot Suspended as a result of the earthquake in 2015, the clear-up operations have been a success and conditions are now back up to scratch. Base Camp has seen explorers and plucky expeditions aplenty, and now it's your turn to don the walking boots. It's hard work, but what an achievement!

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• Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla • Trek to Everest Base Camp • Stay in local teahouse lodges

• Meet the Everest Sherpas • Wake up to fantastic Himalayan views • Free time in Kathmandu

Day 1-4 Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche Bazaar / Phakding

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), teahouse lodges (12 nts) Transport: Plane, bus Meals: Not included Budget: Allow USD $360-470 for meals not included

Departures 2019/20 Jan-Mar

Typically 4-15 departures per month

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Typically 5-19 departures per month

Sep-Dec

Typically 11-15 departures per month

Enjoy your arrival day in Kathmandu, and ease your way into Nepalese life before meeting your group this evening. On Day 2, take a mountain flight to Lukla, with views so good that even aisle lovers will be scrambling for a window seat. Lukla Airport itself was built under the supervision of Edmund Hillary (one half of the team that summited Everest for the first time) and has one of the most extreme landings of all airports due to its location. In Lukla, meet up with your Sherpa guides and start the trek towards Phakding. Spend the next two nights acclimatising to the altitude (3,440m) in the Namche Bazaar region, and visit the nearby villages of Thame and Khumjung.

Day 5-7 Tengboche / Dingboche The path between Namche and Tengboche cuts through woods and some of the region's forests, and is likely to take around six or seven hours. The Dudh Kosi river is far below you today, and the view in front is of the Himalayan peaks, Everest included! On Day 6, follow the stone steps through rhododendrons and conifers, and pass by the near-tame pheasants along the path. Arriving at Dingboche, enjoy the following day to acclimatise and opt to hike the Chhukung or Nagarzhang peaks.

Day 8-10 Lobuche / Everest Base Camp The ascent on Day 8 takes you through alpine meadows towards the end of the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Stop by the stone monuments, erected in memory of six Sherpas who lost their lives in an avalanche and a reminder of the peril they face every day. Continue the climb the following day, hiking past the glacier towards Nuptse. After lunch, cross the Changri Glacier to Gorakshep and celebrate your arrival at Base Camp, 5,380 metres (17,600 feet) above sea level! The next morning, trek to Kala Pattar for sunrise views of Everest, and enjoy the feeling of knowing you're standing in one of the world's most mythologised regio